A Great Lady

by Carolyn Wells

This is the Queen of Nonsense Land,
She wears her bonnet on her hand;
She carpets her ceilings and frescos her floors,
She eats on her windows and sleeps on her doors.
Oh, ho! Oh, ho! to think there could be
A lady so silly-down-dilly as she!

She goes for a walk on an ocean wave,
She fishes for cats in a coral cave;
She drinks from an empty glass of milk,
And lines her potato trees with silk.
I’m sure that fornever and never was seen
So foolish a thing as the Nonsense Queen!

She ordered a wig for a blue bottle fly,
And she wrote a note to a pumpkin pie;
She makes all the oysters wear emerald rings,
And does dozens of other nonsensible things.
Oh! the scatterbrained, shatterbrained lady so grand,
Her Royal Skyhighness of Nonsense Land!

  — Carolyn Wells

From The Jingle Book. The Macmillan Company. Illustration by Oliver Herford.

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From The Jingle Book

The Jingle Book, published in 1899, was Carolyn Wells second book, and her first poetry book, a collection of more than four dozen humorous poems and stories in verse, including the tongue-twister poems “The Tutor” and “The Butter Betty Bought.”

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About the Author

Carolyn Wells was an American writer and poet who lived from 1862 to 1942. She wrote a total of more than 170 books. During the first ten years of her career, she concentrated on poetry, humor, and children’s books before devoting herself to writing mysteries.

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