There Was An Old Man With A Beard
Limericks began to become popular in the eighteen-hundreds with the publication of Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense in 1845 and 1872. They were usually printed in 3 or 4 lines to accommodate illustrations, but still, many of his verses use the limerick rhythm and rhyme scheme we still use today
There Was An Old Man With A Beard: Edward Lear
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!'