These three limericks were only published in the 1846 and 1855 editions
of A Book of Nonsense. I have taken them from J.G. Schiller's Nonsensus,
which compares the 1861 edition of Lear's first Nonsense book with the
two previous ones. I maintain the lineation in this edition.
There was an Old Man of Kildare,
Who climbed into a very old chair;
When he said,-- "Here I stays,--
till the end of my days,"
That immovable Man of Kildare.
There was an Old Man of New York, Who murdered himself with a
But nobody cried though he very soon died,-
For that silly Old Man of New York.
There was an Old Sailor of Compton, Whose vessel a rock it once
The shock was so great, that it damaged the pate,
Of that singular Sailor of Compton.