A kids' book full of limericks. Subtitled, 'A book of nonsense verse.' Compiled by Wallace Tripp. I only remember one of the poems:

I eat my peas with honey,
I've done it all my life.
They do taste kind of funny
But it keeps them on the knife.

The book was also illustrated by Wallace Tripp.

The title is from the first poem found in the book:

As I was standing in the street,
As quiet as could be,
A great big ugly man came up
And tied his horse to me.

I just bought this book at a used bookstore. It was published in 1976. I had a copy as a child, and was thrilled to see it.

My favorite entry in the book is The Slithergadee. Unlike most of the selections, which are historical English nonsense verse, this one is modern -- it was written by Shel Silverstein. It shows a little bunny rabbit perched on a rock in front of an immense red sea serpent. Lots of other bunny rabbits are fleeing for their lives.

Oh, the Slithergadee
Has come out of the sea.
He'll catch all the others,
But he won't catch me.

No, you won't catch me,
You old Slithergadee.
You'll catch all the others,
But you wo--

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