Does anyone know the rest of this poem. It was in a Blackie Annual in the 1950's. This is as much as we can remember:
A is for Alice she wears such short frocks
It's almost a yard from her hem to her socks.
B is for Bertie who went chasing bees
Now he's in bandages down to his knees.
C is for Clara who's learning to play
she's making the neighbours move further away. (may not be right verse)
D is for Douglas in kilts as you see
he has to wear these for no trousers has he.
F is Ferdinad a Russian of course
he may be a cossack he's ridign a horse.
H is for Horace with manners so good
he bopwed to a hedgehog he met in the wood.
This is as far as we can go. It would solve a great deal of frustration if anyone can help us! Thank you.
This isn't it, but your request reminded me of this one by Edward Gorey who illustrated children's books and wrote blackly humorous poems (and was responsible for lots of my nightmares when i was very young!):
A is for Alice who fell down the stairs,
B is for Basil assaulted by bears.
C is for Clara who wasted away,
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.
G is for George smothered under a rug,
H is for Hector done in by a thug.
I is for Ida, who drown in a lake,
J is for James, who took lye by mistake.
K is for Kate, who was struck with an axe,
L is for Leo, who swallowed some tacks.
M is for Maud, who was swept out to sea,
N is for Nevil who died of ennui.
O is for Olive, run through with an awl,
P is for Pru, tramped flat in a brawl.
Q is for Quinton, who sank in a mire,
R is for Rhoda, consumed by a fire.
S is for Susan, who perished of fits,
T is for Titus, who flew into bits.
U is for Una, who slipped down a drain,
V is for Victor, squashed under a train.
W is for Winnie, imbedded in ice,
X is for Xerces, devoured by mice.
Y is for Yoric, whose head was bashed in,
Z is for Zilla, who drank too much gin.
Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
Jo Mc, I doubt seriously whether it is a major writer, the quality is very poor. Meaning we will probably not find the author. Your best bet would be to go where you found the lines you have and inquire there. If it was sent in a post card, or such it's likely never been printed, or the author not given credit. Good luck with your search.
There are lots of Blackie's Children's Annuals listed on Google- mostly as books for sale. It might be possible to contact one of these dealers and see if they can look it up.
You might also check libraries- especially university libraries. They might have them in the collection.