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Wed Apr 05 04:16:11 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Book of Humorous Verse, by Various, Edited by Carolyn Wells This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Book of Humorous Verse Author: Various Editor: Carolyn Wells Release Date: December 22, 2007 [eBook #23972] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE BOOK OF HUMOROUS VERSE*** E-text prepared by Hilary Caws-Elwitt, Huub Bakker, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team (http:--www.pgdp.net) Transcriber’s Note Some text styles have been preserved in this text by enclosing between special characters.
Italics uses _underlines_ and small caps uses |pipes|.
Font sizes are not preserved. The oe-ligature is represented by -[oe]-. THE BOOK OF HUMOROUS VERSE Compiled by CAROLYN WELLS |Author of| -|Such Nonsense|,- -|The Whimsey Anthology|,- |etc.|, |etc.| New York George H.
Doran Company Printed in the United States of America Wed Apr 05 04:16:11 2017 2 TO ROBERT CHAPMAN SPRAGUE INTRODUCTION A hope of immortality and a sense of humor distinguish man from the beasts of the field. A single exception may be made, perhaps, of the Laughing Hyena, and, on the other hand, not every one of the human race possesses the power of laughter.
For those who do, this volume is intended. And since there can be nothing humorous about an introduction, there can be small need of a lengthy one. Merely a few explanations of conditions which may be censured by captious critics. First, the limitations of space had to be recognized.
Hence, the book is a compilation, not a collection.
It is representative, but not exhaustive.
My ambition was toward a volume to which everyone could go, with a surety of finding any one of his favorite h...





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