Anonymous British


Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women


MISTRESS TOWL

There was an Old Woman named Towl
Who went out to Sea with her Owl,
But the Owl was Sea-sick
And scream'd for Physic;
Which sadly annoy'd Mistress Towl.

OLD WOMAN OF GLOSTER

There was an Old Woman at Gloster,
Whose parrot two guineas it cost her;
But his tongue never ceasing,
Was vastly displeasing
To that talkative Woman of Gloster.

OLD WOMAN OF EALING

There was an old woman of Ealing,
She jump'd till her head touch'd the ceiling;
When 2 1 6 4
Was announc'd at her door,
As a prize to th'Old Woman of Ealing.

OLD WOMAN OF NORWICH

There was an Old Woman of Norwich,
Who liv'd on nothing but porridge,
Parading the town,
She turned cloak into gown,
That thrifty Old Woman of Norwich.

OLD WOMAN OF HARROW

There was an Old Woman of Harrow,
Who visited in a Wheel barrow,
And her servant before,
Knock'd loud at each door;
To announce the Old Woman of Harrow.

OLD WOMAN OF CROYDON

There was an Old Woman of Croydon,
To look young she affected the Hoyden,
And would jump and would skip,
Till she put out her hip;
Alas poor Old Woman of Croydon.

OLD WOMAN OF GOSPORT

There was an Old woman of Gosport,
And she was one of the cross sort,
While she dress'd for the ball,
Her wig was too small;
Which enrag'd this Old Lady of Gosport.

OLD WOMAN OF LEITH

There was an Old Woman of Leith,
Who had a sad pain in her Teeth,
But the Blacksmith uncouth,
Scar'd the pain from her tooth;
Which rejoic'd the Old Woman of Leith.


OLD WOMAN OF FRANCE

There came an Old Woman from France,
Who taught grown up Children to dance,
But they were so stiff,
She sent them home in a miff,
This sprightly Old Woman from France.

OLD WOMAN OF SURREY

There was an Old Woman of Surrey,
Who was morn noon and night, in a hurry,
Call'd her husband a Fool,
Drove her children to school;
The worrying Old Woman of Surrey.

OLD WOMAN OF EXETER

There dwelt an Old Woman Exeter,
When visitors came it sore vexed her,
So for fear they should eat,
She lock'd up all the meat;
This stingy Old Woman of Exeter.

OLD WOMAN OF BATH

There was an Old woman of Bath,
And she was as thin as a Lath,
She was brown as a berry,
With a Nose like a Cherry;
This skinny Old Woman of Bath.

OLD WOMAN OF SPAIN

There was an Old Woman in Spain,
To be civil went much 'gainst the grain,
Yet she danc'd a fandango,
With General Fernando;
This whimsical Woman of Spain.

OLD WOMAN OF LEEDS

There was an Old Woman of Leeds,
Who spent all her life in Good Deeds,
She work'd for the poor,
Till her fingers were sore,
This pious Old Woman of Leeds.

OLD WOMAN OF DEVON

There was an Old Woman of Devon,
Who rose every morning at seven,
For her house to provide,
And to warm her inside;
This provident Woman of Devon.

OLD WOMAN OF LYNN

There liv'd an Old Woman at Lynn,
Whose Nose very near touch'd her chin,
You may easy suppose,
She had plenty of Beaux;
This charming Old Woman of Lynn.

Submitted: Monday, June 23, 2014

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