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There was once a young man of Oporta

Language: English

There was once a young man of [Oporta]1,
Who daily got shorter and shorter,
  The reason he said
  Was the hod on his head,
Which was filled with the heaviest mortar.

His sister, [named]2 Lucy O'Finner,
Grew constantly thinner and thinner;
  The reason was plain,
  She slept out in the rain,
And was never allowed any dinner.

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Confirmed with The Collected Verse of Lewis Carroll, Macmillan, London, 1932.

1 Bachlund: "Oporto"
2 Bachlund: "called"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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Text added to the website: 2009-03-06.
Last modified: 2015-06-24 15:59:09
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Word count: 57

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