Quentin Blake's Book of Nonsense Verse

By Quentin Blake

This illustrated number of nonsense verse for all of the kin comprises vintage verse from nonsense greats comparable to Lear, Carroll, Belloc and Nash, including the superior of latest proponents.

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What a loud position to belong, Is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!! SPIKE MILLIGAN THE JUMBLIES [I] They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: inspite of all their associates may well say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea! And whilst the Sieve became around and around, and each one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned! ’ They referred to as aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t titanic, yet we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig! In a Sieve we’ll visit sea! ’ some distance and few, a long way and few, Are the lands the place the Jumblies dwell; Their heads are eco-friendly, and their arms are blue, and so they went to sea in a Sieve. [II] They sailed in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they sailed so quickly, With just a appealing pea-green veil Tied with a riband when it comes to a sail, To a small tobacco-pipe mast; and each one stated, who observed them pass, ‘O won’t they be quickly dissatisfied, you recognize! For the sky is darkish, and the voyage is lengthy, And ensue what may perhaps, it’s tremendous mistaken In a Sieve to sail so quick! ’ some distance and few, some distance and few, Are the lands the place the Jumblies reside; Their heads are eco-friendly, and their palms are blue, and so they went to sea in a Sieve. [III] The water it quickly got here in, it did, The water it quickly got here in; in an effort to hold them dry, they wrapped their toes In a pinky paper all folded neat, they usually mounted it down with a pin. and so they handed the evening in a crockery-jar, and every of them acknowledged, ‘How clever we're! although the sky be darkish, and the voyage be lengthy, but we by no means can imagine we have been rash or improper, whereas around in our Sieve we spin! ’ a ways and few, a long way and few, Are the lands the place the Jumblies stay; Their heads are eco-friendly, and their arms are blue, they usually went to sea in a Sieve. [IV] And all evening lengthy they sailed away; And while the sunlight went down, They whistled and warbled a moony tune To the echoing sound of a coppery gong, within the coloration of the mountains brown. ‘O Timballo! How satisfied we're, after we dwell in a sieve and a crockery-jar, And all evening lengthy within the moonlight faded, We sail away with a pea-green sail, within the coloration of the mountains brown! ’ a ways and few, a ways and few, Are the lands the place the Jumblies reside; Their heads are eco-friendly, and their palms are blue, they usually went to sea in a Sieve. [V] They sailed to the Western Sea, they did, To a land all coated with bushes, and so they obtained an Owl, and an invaluable Cart, And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart, And a hive of silvery Bees. and so they got a Pig, and a few eco-friendly Jack-daws, And a stunning Monkey with lollipop paws, And 40 bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree, And no finish of Stilton Cheese. a ways and few, a long way and few, Are the lands the place the Jumblies stay; Their heads are eco-friendly, and their arms are blue, and so they went to sea in a Sieve. [VI] And in two decades all of them got here again, In 20 years or extra, and each one acknowledged, ‘How tall they’ve grown! For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible region, And the hills of the Chankly Bore’; and so they drank their well-being, and gave them a banquet Of dumplings made from appealing yeast; and each one acknowledged, ‘If we purely stay, We too will visit sea in a Sieve, – To the hills of the Chankly Bore!

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