William Schwenck Gilbert

(1836 - 1911 / London / England)

William Schwenck Gilbert Poems

161. When A Merry Maiden Marries 1/1/2004
162. A Manager's Perplexities 1/1/2004
163. Damon Vs. Pythias 1/1/2004
164. The Duke Of Plaza-Toro 1/1/2004
165. A Classical Revival 1/1/2004
166. The Yarn Of The Nancy Bell 1/1/2004
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The Yarn Of The Nancy Bell

'Twas on the shores that round our coast
From Deal to Ramsgate span,
That I found alone on a piece of stone
An elderly naval man.

His hair was weedy, his beard was long,
And weedy and long was he,
And I heard this wight on the shore recite,
In a singular minor key:

"Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
And the mate of the NANCY brig,
And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig."

And he shook his fists and he tore his hair,
Till I really felt afraid,
For I couldn't help thinking the man had been drinking,
And ...

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The Judge's Song

When I, good friends, was called to the Bar,
I'd an appetite fresh and hearty,
But I was, as many young barristers are,
An impecunious party.
I'd a swallow-tail coat of a beautiful blue -
A brief which was brought by a booby -
A couple of shirts and a collar or two,
And a ring that looked like a ruby!

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