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by Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks  (1812-1888)

        The aged hens of Oripò,
        They tempt the stormy sea;
        Black, white and brown, they spread their win
        And o'er the waters flee;
        And when a little fish they clutch
        Athwart the wave so blue,
        They utter forth a joyful note, -
        A cock-a-doodle-doo!
        O! Oo! Oripò - Oo! the hens of Oripò!

        The crafty hens of Oripò,
        They wander on the shore,
        Where shrimps and winkles pick they up,
        And carry home a store;
        For barley, oats, or golden corn,
        To eat they never wish,
        All vegetably food they scorn,
        And only seek for fish.
        O! Oo! Oripò - Oo! the hens of Oripò!

        The wily hens of Oripò,
        Black, white and brown and gray,
        They don't behave like other hens;
        In any decent way.
        They lay their eggs among the rocks,
        Instead of in the straw,
        O! Oo! Oripò - Oo! the hens of Oripò!

        The nasty hens of Oripò,
        With ill-conditioned zeal,
        All fish defunct they gobble up,
        At morn or evening meal.
        Whereby their eggs, as now we find,
        A fishlike ancient smell and taste
        Unpleasant doth pervade.
        O! Oo! Oripò - Oo! the hens of Oripò!

      Edward Lear (1812-1888)

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