Owl and the Pussy-Cat Original poem different edition

This poem was copied from http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20113/20113-h/20113-h.htm – go to the site for the illustrated version the copyright information is at the bottom of this page

It is worth printing the poem as a facsimile as it differs from the original version in terms of punctuation, line breaks and illustrations.

 

THE Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

 

 

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

 

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”

 

They sailed away for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

 

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”

 

So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dinèd on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

 

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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Title: Nonsense Drolleries
The Owl & The Pussy-Cat–The Duck & The Kangaroo.

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LEAR’S NONSENSE DROLLERIES
The Owl & The Pussy Cat

and

The Duck

& the

Kangaroo
WITH

Original Illustrations

BY

William Foster
LONDON & NEW YORK

FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.

1889

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The Owl
and
The Pussy-Cat.

The Duck
and
The Kangaroo.

Nonsense Drolleries

The Owl & The Pussy-Cat—The Duck & The Kangaroo.

BY

EDWARD LEAR,

AUTHOR OF “THE BOOK OF NONSENSE,” ETC.

WITH ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLIAM FOSTER

LONDON & NEW YORK
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.
1889
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

PUBLISHERS’ PREFACE.

The almost general desire to have The Owl and The Pussy-cat, The Duck and The Kangaroo, in a distinct form from Mr. Lear’s other Nonsense Drolleries, has induced us to issue them separately with Original Illustrations.

Fredk. Warne & Co.

London
Engraved & Printed
at
Racquet Court,
by
Edmund Evans.

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2 Comments

  1. Jean Gonick
    Posted 20/10/2015 at 6:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Did Edward Lear himself draw these wonderful Owl and the Pussycat illustrations?

    • Posted 14/05/2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      He illustrated the 1871 edition – in life Lear earned a living as a painter/illustrator. He most probably also illustrated the other editions. Regards.

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