Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 118 pages of information about Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs.

  “Now, somehow, sir, it seems to me,
  More friendly-like we all should be. 
  If you united of ’em to
  Unmarried members of the crew.

  “If you’d ameliorate our life,
  Let each select from them a wife;
  And as for nervous me, old pal,
  Give me your own enchanting gal!”

  Good Captain Reece, that worthy man,
  Debated on his coxswain’s plan: 
  “I quite agree,” he said.  “O Bill;
  It is my duty, and I will.

“My daughter, that enchanting gurl, has just been promised to an earl, And all my other familee To peers of various degree.

  “But what are dukes and viscounts to
  The happiness of all my crew? 
  The word I gave you I’ll fulfil;
  It is my duty, and I will.

  “As you desire it shall befall,
  I’ll settle thousands on you all,
  And I shall be, despite my hoard,
  The only bachelor on board.”

  The boatswain of The Mantelpiece,
  He blushed and spoke to Captain Reece: 
  “I beg your honor’s leave,” he said,
  “If you wish to go and wed,

  “I have a widowed mother who
  Would be the very thing for you—­
  She long has loved you from afar,
  She washes for you, Captain R.”

  The captain saw the dame that day—­
  Addressed her in his playful way—­
  “And did it want a wedding ring? 
  It was a tempting ickle sing!

  “Well, well, the chaplain I will seek,
  We’ll all be married this day week—­
  At yonder church upon the hill;
  It is my duty, and I will!”

  The sisters, cousins, aunts, and niece,
  And widowed ma of Captain Reece,
  Attended there as they were bid;
  It was their duty, and they did.



  It was a Bishop bold,
    And London was his see,
  He was short and stout and round about,
    And zealous as could be.

  It also was a Jew,
    Who drove a Putney bus—­
  For flesh of swine however fine
    He did not care a cuss.

  His name was Hash Baz Ben,
    And Jedediah too,
  And Solomon and Zabulon—­
    This bus-directing Jew.

  The Bishop said, said he,
    “I’ll see what I can do
  To Christianize and make you wise,
    You poor benighted Jew.”

  So every blessed day
    That bus he rode outside,
  From Fulham town, both up and down,
    And loudly thus he cried:—­

  “His name is Hash Baz Ben,
    And Jedediah too,
  And Solomon and Zabulon—­
    This bus-directing Jew.”

  At first the busman smiled,
    And rather liked the fun—­
  He merely smiled, that Hebrew child,
    And said, “Eccentric one!”

  And gay young dogs would wait
    To see the bus go by
  (These gay young dogs in striking togs)
    To hear the Bishop cry:—­

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