Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Dong with a Luminous Nose

This is one of 8 illustrations by JVL for 'The Dong with a Luminous Nose' 
in The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear, Jonathan Cape, 1984 and republished 2013.

And now each night, and all night long,
Over the plains still roams the Dong;
And above the wail of the Chimp and Snipe
You may hear the squeak of his plaintive pipe
While ever he seeks, but seeks in vain
To meet with his Jumbly Girl again;
Lonely and wild - all night he goes, -
The Dong with a Luminous Nose!
And all who watch in the midnight hour
From Hall or Terrace or lofty Tower.
Cry, as they trace the Meteor bright,
Moving along the dreary night...

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