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Mon, 28 Nov 2011
AThe wonderful tale of Sir Nicketty Nox an Ancient Knight of reknown.

THE KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT.

I wonder if this old gentleman was ever a knight at

King Arthur's Round Table in Camelot.

An
Ancient Knight

Sir Nicketty Nox

Sir Nicketty Nox was an ancient knight,
So old was he that he'd lost his sight.
Blind as a mole, and slim as a fox,
And dry as a stick was Sir Nicketty Nox.

His sword and buckler were old and cracked,
So was his charger and that's a fact.
Thin as a rake from head to hocks,
Was this rickety Nag of Sir Nicketty Nox.

A wife he had and daughters three,
And all were as old as old could be.
They mended the shirts and darned the socks
Of that old Antiquity, Nicketty Nox.

Sir Nicketty Nox would fly in a rage
If anyone tried to guess his age.
He'd mouth and mutter and tear his locks,
This very pernickety Nicketty Nox.

I like the similarity with Fox in Sock's from Dr. Seuss (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

But course, this short but lovely poem was written by Hugh Chesterman, who was a wonderful children's author. He was born in 1884 and died during the years of ww2. but as this would have made him 56 when ww2 broke out I am not sure if he was killed in action.  He published many poems during the 1920s and 30s. He wrote books as well as poems, as well as producing a children's magazine called the Merry Go Round, published in Oxford with his great friend Basil Blackwell.

He lived in Islip, Oxfordshire, UK, and was married to Sylvia, they had two daughters - Jenifer (Brown) and Elizabeth (Swinnerton). He is survived by his grand-children and great grand children.
Posted 17:52


2 comments


memories
I was taught this poem in the west indies when i was in primary school almost 56 years ago. I find it interesting that i recently met someone who reminded me of sir nicketty nox. I had a good laugh.
Posted by Wendy Sealy


memories
I was taught this poem in the west indies when i was in primary school almost 56 years ago. I find it interesting that i recently met someone who reminded me of sir nicketty nox. I had a good laugh.
Posted by Wendy Sealy


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