Edward Lear

May 12, 1812-January 29,1888

Edward Lear was born on May 12, 1812 in Highgate, England. He was educated by his 21 year old sister Ann as a child. Lear began to draw for a living in 1827. He became an artist and did oil paintings and landscape paintings. Lear traveled all over Europe to paint and sketch.

Lear published A Book of Nonsense in 1845. He later published The Owl and The Pussy Cat for his daughter in 1867. Lear is famous for his humorous limericks. Limericks were not popular until he made then known.


Cold are the Crabs

Cold are the crabs that crawl on yonder hills,
Colder the cucumbers that grow beneath,
And colder still the brazen chops that wreathe
The tedious gloom of philosophic pills!
For when the tardy film of nectar fills
The simple bowls of demons and of men,
There lurks the feeble mouse, the homely hen,
And there the porcupine with all her quills.
Yet much remains - to weave a solemn strain
That lingering sadly - slowly dies away,
Daily departing with departing day
A pea-green gamut on a distant plain
When wily walrusses in congresses meet -
Such such is life -