King Edward the Fourth was gay
King Edward the Fourth was charming,
He'd a voice like silk,
And manners like milk,
And a smile that was most disarming.
As parlor tricks go, this was a pretty dumb one. I could recite the character flaws of Edward IV of England and how he manifested them: "he / Upsided-downed / His brother and drowned / Him dead in a butt of malmsey."
No matter that I didn't know what malmsey was, much less how much of it would be found in a butt. The limerick rhythm was hard to resist, and, besides, I ...
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