There was an old man in a tree

There was an old man in a tree  (1872) 
by Edward Lear


Picture by Edward Lear

 
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 There was an old man in a tree,
 Whose whiskers were lovely to see;
   But the birds of the air,
   Pluck'd them perfectly bare,
 To make themselves nests on that tree.

 <Publ. 1872>