Old Noah’s Ark

by Anonymous

Old Noah's Ark poem by Anonymous

Old Noah once he built an ark,
And patched it up with hickory bark.
He anchored it to a great big rock,
And then he began to load his stock.

The animals went in one by one,
The elephant chewing a carroway bun.

The animals went in two by two,
The crocodile and the kangaroo.

The animals went in three by three,
The tall giraffe and the tiny flea.

The animals went if four by four,
The hippopotamus stuck in the door.

The animals went in five by five,
The bees mistook the bear for a hive.

The animals went in six by six,
The monkey was up to his usual tricks.

The animals went in seven by seven,
Said the ant to the elephant, “Who’re ye shoving?”

The animals went in eight by eight,
Some were early and some were late.

The animals went in nine by nine,
The all formed fours and marched in line.

The animals went in ten by ten,
If you want any more, you can read it again!

  — Anonymous

From The Walrus and the Carpenter: and other favourite poems in aid of The Children's Trust. Walker Books Ltd..

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From The Walrus and the Carpenter: and other favourite poems in aid of The Children's Trust

A collection of favourite poems chosen by well-know celebrities to celebrate twenty-five years of The Children’s Trust. Featuring poems by Spike Milligan, A.A. Milne, Edward Lear and many more. With a foreword by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, and tips for writing poetry from popular children’s author, Colin West. The poems in this book are selected by: Michael Absalom, Quentin Blake, Andrew Castle, Carol Ann Duffy, Richard Hammond, Dani Harmer, Lorraine Kelly, McFly, Sienna Miller, Paul O’Grady, Elaine Paige, Vic Reeves, Rebecca Romero, Simon Shaw, Helen Skelton, Penny Smith, Nacy Sorrell, Lucy Speed, Phil Tufnell, Colin West, Jacqueline Wilson and Henry Winkler. Also features a poem by Francesca Major (aged 10), winner of The Children’s Trust Poetry Competition.

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“Anonymous” means that the author’s name is unknown. While sometimes an author may choose to publish something without revealing his or her name, in most cases the name of the author has simply be lost over time.

Anonymous poems include traditional rhymes, such as nursery rhymes and old songs, as well as newer verses that were published without credit to the true author.

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