Poems and Limericks of Edward Lear

by Edward Lear

“There Was an Old Man With a Beard”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1920
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Barnes, W. (Ed.). (1920). Types of Children's Literature: A Collection of the World's Best Literature for Children.. Yonkers, New York: World Book Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 1.3
  • Word Count: 37


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!”