A limerick is a funny little poem, humorous, nonsensical or bawdy verse containing five lines with the “aabba” rhyme scheme. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.
A tailor, who sailed from Quebec,
In a storm ventured once upon deck;
But the waves of the sea
Were as strong as could be,
And he tumbled in up to his neck.
An old gentleman living at Harwich
At ninety was thinking of marriage:
In came his grandson,
Who was just twenty one,
And went off with the bride in his carriage.
There dwelt an old woman at Exeter,
When visitors come it sore vexed her;
So for fear they should eat
She locked up all the meat,
This stingy old woman of Exeter.
There was a fat man of Bombay,
Who was smoking one sun shiny day,
When a bird called a Snipe
Flew away with his pipe,
Which vexed the fat man of Bombay.
There was a young farmer of Leeds,
Who swallowed six packets of seeds.
It soon came to pass
He was covered with grass,
And he couldn’t sit down for the weeds.
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!
There was an old miser at Reading,
Had a house, and a yard with a shed in;
‘Twas meant for a cow,
But so small, that I vow,
The poor creature could scarce get her head in.
There was an old person of Dover,
Who rushed through a field of blue clover;
But some very large bees
Stung his nose and his knees,
So he very soon went back to Dover.