Nonsense Rhymes

Song Cycle by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), as Karel Drofnatski

Word count: 379

1. A visit of Elizabeth [sung text not yet checked]

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2. Barkerolle [sung text not yet checked]

There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied;
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotty dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.

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3. Boat song [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, 'I'm afloat, I'm afloat!'
When they said, 'No! you ain't!'
He was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.

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4. Dithyramb [sung text not yet checked]

There was a Young Lady of Tyre,
Who swept the loud chords of a lyre;
At the sound of each sweep
She enraptured the deep,
And enchanted the city of Tyre.

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5. Gongdichtung [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Man with a gong,
Who bumped at it all day long;
But they called out, 'O law!
You're a horrid old bore!'
So they smashed that Old Man with a gong.

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6. Limmerich ohne worte [sung text not yet checked]

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7. Nileinsamkeit [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Person of Philae,
Whose conduct was scroobious and wily;
He rushed up a Palm,
When the weather was calm,
And observed all the ruins of Philae.

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8. The absent barber [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Man with a Beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared! -
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

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9. The aquiline snub [sung text checked 1 time]

There was an old man with a nose
Who said, "If you choose to suppose
That my nose is too long,
you are certainly wrong,"
That remarkable man with a nose.

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10. The Compleat Virtuoso [sung text checked 1 time]

There was an old man of the Isles,
Whose face was pervaded with smiles;
He sang "High dum diddle",
And played on the fiddle,
That amiable man of the Isles.

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11. The Cow and the Coward [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Man who said, "How,--
Shall I flee from this horrible Cow?
I will sit on this stile,
And continue to smile,
Which may soften the heart of that Cow."

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12. The Generous Parishioner [sung text not yet checked]

There was an Old Man in a pew,
Whose waistcoat was spotted with blue;
But he tore it in pieces, to give to his nieces, --
That cheerful Old Man in a pew.

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13. The Hardy Norse-woman [sung text checked 1 time]

There was a young lady from Norway
Who casually sat in a doorway.
When the door squeezed her flat, 
She exclaimed, "What of that?"
That courageous young lady from Norway.

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14. Tone poem [sung text not yet checked]

There was a Young Lady of Russia,
Who screamed so that no one could hush her;
Her screams were extreme,
No one heard such a scream,
As was screamed by that lady of Russia.

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