[From The Infant Minstrel and his Peculiar Menagerie]
There was once a man
With such a long nose
That his wife had mistaken it
For a garden hose.
When she started watering plants
His nose turned red and tense.
Then he sneezed, as he was allergic to pollen,
With tears in his eyes and his throat swollen.
“Oh, my darling, I am so very sorry!
I am going to catch the best guacamole
To make for you a cold green compress –
The best-known treatment for a nose in distress!”
Cried his wife and cut for him her best rose.
“Pretty rose for your suffering nose!
– Ooops! I did it again: I forgot –
You’re allergic to all pretty things, poor lad!”
The man sat sadly
In a defeated pose
While his wife applied
Guacamole to his nose.