- There Was a Young Lady From Niger
- There was a young lady from Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They came back from the ride
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
--William Cosmo Monkhouse
I like limericks. Not so much Lear's nonsense rhymes, but limericks that are really composed so that the last line really completes the story and gives you a little laugh. The one I have posted here is often listed as "Anonymous" which I think, in most cases, is just shorthand for "I was too lazy to figure out who the real author is, so I'll pretend like nobody wrote it." I found a site that attributed it to William Cosmo Monkhouse, and it certainly fit with the other limericks they had under his name. I read some of his other poetry too, and found that I really liked it. It's often melancholy, but it's obvious from his religious poems that he truly believed in Christ. You'll probably see more from him here in time.