Christmas Rhyme

For the last few years I have been writing a couple of light-hearted limericks on a biblical theme for each issue of 197 magazine*, published quarterly by St James’s Church Piccadilly. So as a Christmas treat (tweet?) I tweeted one from this month’s issue, tweaked to fit 140 characters:

To Bethlehem travel 3 kings/

Each one with a present he brings/

Myrrh, frankincense, gold/

(All stocks having sold/

Of suitable seasonal things).


{In the original, the last two lines ran:

(The shops having sold/

Their stocks of more practical things).

which sounds about the same length, but is in fact significantly longer.}


I’m indebted to @jadeserotica for pointing out that the carol We Three Kings of Orient Are in fact already has a limerick structure – the metre is slightly different, but it does also rhyme AABBA (are/far/leading/proceeding/star).


197 magazine


About twitmericks

There is an old fellow called Mick/Who's been penning the odd limerick/I admit he's no Keats/But he does them in tweets/So to follow, you just have to click.!/twitmericks "The limerick master of the twitterati" (The Guardian).
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