The Bab Ballads

The Bab Ballads

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and read, But never go--do you?" The Bishop said, "I do." "That proves me wrong," said Micah, in a trice; "I thought it all frivolity and vice." The Bishop handed him a counter plain; "Just take this stall and go to Drury Lane." The Bishop took his leave, Rejoicing in his sleeve. The next ensuing day Sowls went and heard a play. For "gaunt" wast spoken "garnt," And "haunt" transformed to "harnt," And "wrath " pronounced as "rath," And "death" was changed to "dath." For hours and hours that dismal actor walked And talked, and talked, and talked, and talked, Till lethargy upon the parson crept, And sleepy Micah Sowls serenely slept. He slept away until The farce that closed the bill Had warned him not to stay, And then he went away. "I thought," said he, "I was a dreary thing, I thought my voice quite destitute of ring, I thought my ranting could distract the brain, But oh! I hadn't been to Drury Lane. "Forgive me, Drury Lane, Thou penitential fane, Where sinners should be cast To mourn their wicked past!" A DISCONTENTED SUGAR BROKER A GENTLEMAN of City fame Now claims your kind attention; East India broking was his game, His name I shall not mention: No one of finely pointed sense Would violate a confidence, And shall / go And do it? No! His name I shall not mention. He had a trusty wife and true, And very cozy quarters, A manager, a boy or two, Six clerks, and seven porters. A broker must be doing well (As any lunatic can tell) Who can employ An active boy, Six clerks and seven porters. His knocker advertised no dun, No losses made him sulky, He had one sorrow--only one--He was extremely bulky. more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
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  • English
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  • 1236496477
  • 9781236496478