There was an Old Man in a boat

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There was an Old Man in a boat…
by Edward Lear
No. 15 from A Book of Nonsense (1846)
Picture by Edward Lear

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 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.

 <Publ. 1846>