petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote in linguaphiles,

Rhymes as punctuation riddles

I came across this old rhyme in a collection of nursery rhymes:

Every lady in this land
Has twenty nails upon each hand
Five and twenty on hands and feet
All this is true without deceit

It is a special kind of riddle, which one might call a punctuation riddle; it only makes sense if one inserts the appropriate punctuation. In England a more familiar example is this:

King Charles the First walked and talked
Half an hour after his head was cut off.

A semi-colon must be assumed, of course, at the end of the first line. This goes back at least as far as the 18th Century. But I can't think of any other examples; does anyone know of any? Or of anything similar in other languages?
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