There was an Old Man of Vesuvius

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There was an Old Man of Vesuvius…
by Edward Lear
No. 56 from A Book of Nonsense (1846)
Picture by Edward Lear

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 There was an Old Man of Vesuvius,
 Who studied the works of Vitruvius;
 When the flames burnt his book,
 To drinking he took,
 That morbid Old Man of Vesuvius.

 <Publ. 1846>