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Jonah, or "In the Black Whale at Ascalon"

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: pamphlet
Maker: Sever, Charles W.
Place made: United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
Date made: 1875
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 13 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in
Nomenclature: Jonah
Classification: whales

Pamphlet of sheet music. Single leaf, folded. On cover, a woodcut depicting silhouettes of a spouting whale facing left and spitting out a man with a conical hat onto a small island with two palm trees. The title is printed above; the subtitle and the publisher information are printed below. At top left is written "5 oo", probably a price, $5.00. Inside, at left, is the sheet music, and a note that this pamphlet was "Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by Charles W. Sever, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington". Verses are printed at right, and read: "In the Black Whale at Ascalon A man three days did stay, And then before the marble bar Down like a log he lay. 2. In the Black Whale at Ascalon Out spake the host: "I say! That man is drinking Bactrian schnapps, Much more than he can pay." 3. In the Black Whale at Ascalon The waiters in three files Bring in his bill in cuneiform Indented on twelve tiles. 4. In the Black Whale at Ascalon Out spake the guest: "Dear me! My stamps are gone: I've spent them in The Lamb at Ninive." 5. In the Black Whale at Ascalon The clock struck half-past four: The Nubian porter kicks him out And double-locks the door. 6. In the Black Whale at Ascalon All orders for fish hash In every instance now must be Accompanied by cash. 7. In the Black Whale at Ascalon No prophets more you see; And whosoe'er regales himself Eats only C.O.D."


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