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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7822
AUTHOR:Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)
QUOTATION: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. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:The Yarn of the “Nancy Bell.”
 
Note 1.
There were three sailors of Bristol city
Who took a boat and went to sea.
But first with beef and captain’s biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she.
There was gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest he was little Billee.
Now when they got as far as the Equator
They’d nothing left but one split pea.
W. M. Thackeray: Little Billee. [back]
 

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