Check out the page of Rhymed Translations of European lyrics (c 1100-1900)!
For tumble rhymes in English, this is one of two known sites on the web. The other is hosted by Boris Hasselblatt. For a representative German site, try Jo Proepper's Schuettelreime.
TO THE CAT
O Long of Claw, should you be rough
you will be met with a rebuff.
THE ACTRESS DEFENDS HER PRIVACY
From dressing room, the prying fan
was driven with a frying pan.
This morning to the chimes I rose,
delightedly your rhymes I chose.
HAPPY (to Otto)
In the New Year I want you near.
Small girls adorned in daisy leis
Drink cambric tea on lazy days.
Although you'd rather stay in bed
You have to cross the Bay instead.
You'd have an internet commute, poor
wanderer, if you'd compute more.
Are Mai Tais really Trader Vic's
Or alien invader tricks?
Those who don't find paying pleasant
Get out of it by playing peasant.
WHAT FLU IN?
Here's ache for your head and pain for your chest:
You are the food chain for your pest!
Though math could be a pack of lies,
at least it has no lack of "pi"s.
The flagelants, who savor fault,
leave wounds unbalmed: they favor salt.
The cannibal was mad to lunch
And so he had a lad to munch.
THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
In tornado weather, Fate
may treat you as a featherweight.
STONE AGE ROMEO
Neanderthal, that furry caver,
Found it hard to curry favor.
She complained he wouldn't shave
And had a club he shouldn't wave.
He held his offering high (the bear)
Then dragged her with him by the hair.
Mary glowed with saintly fire
While Joseph watched, just faintly sire.
HUMAN INTEREST BEATS SPECIAL EFFECTS
A simple well-told panic tale
Makes digital Titanic pale.
For wetter bait.
He didn't quite have sight direction
So he missed the right dissection:
Due to misdirected sight
His patients weren't dissected right.
Alone and crying in my beer:
Ach! war' mein Liebling nur bei mir.
AROUND THE WORLD IN WEIGHTY DAZE
For hungry folk they'll stack a pan
Of curry on rice in Pakistan;
And for a Frencher treat, a buff'll
Tell you, "You can't beat a truffle."
While foreign food might stir a fake
Gourmet, I much prefer a steak.
"I HAVE NO NEED OF THAT HYPOTHESIS."
We are Skeptics, hailed and vaunted
Mockers of the veiled and haunted!
HAVE SOME OF MY TAILGATE CHILI!
Much is to be gained by passing
Up the beans, if pained by gassing.
LEND ME YOUR EAR
Hollyfield won the bitter fight,
Though Tyson had the fitter bite.
MONTREAL POLAR BEAR CLUB
We got an icy water shock. The river's
cold enough to give a rock the shivers.
BEE'S VIEW OF HONEY HARVEST
If you don't leave our hives much larder
It will make our lives much harder.
THE FLIGHT OF THE HANDKNIT BALACLAVA
Shall not a skiing hatter mourn
her cap, blown off the Matterhorn?
A WASHED-UP DESERT CAMPAIGN
The guards at poorly shaded forts
Wore nothing but their faded shorts.
ICECREAM (gelato, per favore) AND BATHROOM (gabinetto)
You can visit new towns
If you know these two nouns.
They set the landlord's shed afire:
The roasted chicken fed a shire.
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Miserly and lean, he's grieving
For the stacks of green he's leaving.
A THONG OF LITTLE VALUE
Baseball buffs are blind to beachers
since their butts they bind to bleachers.
YE OLDE INNE
Here they roast the fearsome bear--
It's served with other beersome fare.
PUPPY IN TRAINING
he'll obey me.
LOSING WEIGHT WITH JENNY CRAIG
Calories are plain measure
Of dieters' main pleasure.
They carol for us
A feral chorus.
Try to breed a sable lily?
That idea I'd label silly.
But I have tried to fill a stable
With unicorns. They're still a fable.
SICK OF MANUSCRIPTS
Listen to his teary wail:
"Oh no! Another weary tale!"
I will not have that birdy stoned--
The little thing's not sturdy-boned!
GET YOUR QUARTERBACK
When he stopped being great and fumbled,
His teammates shared his fate and grumbled.
A well-read cook bases
His stock on book cases.
O BANKER, HEAR OUR PRAYER
Just for you to lend a bit 'll
Help, if you can bend a little.
IN THE RING
The matador, who's getting bored,
Will be, the fans are betting, gored.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
He tried to steer, mumbling,
"M'fine, it's mere stumbling."
A ball thrown bad matters
To concussed mad batters.
SCARED STIFF AT GRAND CANYON
He peered into the chasm space,
And medics had a spasm case.
TRAVELS WITH REYNARD
It isn't nice to bind a fox,
So I'm inclined to find a box.
SHAGGY PONY EXPRESS
Those who rode such hurried courses
Had no time for curried horses.
To get attention in his Pamper days
A baby may find out that damper pays.
You here observe the tired mumbler
Writing an admired tumbler.
May she keep her breathing sane
Enough to cool her seething brain.
If thinly sliced, the jerkey's tender
Regardless of the turkey's gender.
AD IMAGINEM DEI CREAVIT BANANA SLUG
This member of the gastropod's genus
Was made in the image of God's penus.
Once he was a spunky ham
but now he's just a hunk of spam.
Taciturn and crusty, true
Down-easters make a trusty crew.
The ass cares less for grass he's eating
Than for the lady ass he's greeting.
When someone gets the hated fever
it's always me, the fated heaver.
It was the Tortoise who ran best.
Does this imply we should ban rest?
THE IDEAL GRADUATE STUDENT
All the time she would
Do the things we should.
KOPF RASIEREN UND PRESTO!
Some do enjoy their fame anew:
George Bush and Cher, to name a few.
A NOSTALGIC ASTRONOMER
My telescope I'd fain retract,
Could naked eyes contain, refract
An image from the beaming glow,
And bend the starlight's gleaming bow.
IN THE NAME OF WHAT?
DIM VIEW OF LUAU
WHEN ASKED FOR A CHRISTMAS RHYME
Einstein would say "Bonne Noel"
But I'll be plain and un-Nobel.
Astronomers seek bliss and Hubble
Amidst the radio's hiss and blubble.
GIVING THE APPROPRIATE JESTER
That Cottrell! He's an imp with language.
From tumble rhymes I limp with anguish!
"You're wrong!," said a caped retorter,
"I'm Batman, and here's my tape recorder!"
THEY DECONSTRUCT EACH OTHER
Critics joined in holy wedlock
often meet in woely head-lock.
(suggested by Paul Andrews)
For regular poetry and verse translation on the web try the Monadnock Review. Some favorite snatches of verse are collected at this site's snatch anthology which you may wish to glance at or add to. The other site for tumble rhymes in English is hosted by Boris Hasselblatt. For rhymes in German, try Jo Proepper's Schuettelreime site.