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A Parody.

George Pope Morris 1802 (Philadelphia) – 1864



On old Long Island's sea-girt shore
We caught a cod the other day;
He never had been there before,
And wished that he had stayed away.
We laid him on the beach to dry,
Then served him frizzled on a dish,
A warning to the smaller fry,
As well as all the larger fish.
O--o--o--o--o!
On old Long Island's sea-girt shore
We caught a cod the other day;
He never had been there before,
And wished that he had stayed away.
 
Oh, 'twas a scaly thing to haul
This tom-cod from his native spray,
And thus to frighten, one and all,
The finny tribe from Rockaway!
They shun the fisher's hook and line,
And never venture near his net,
So, when at Rockaway you dine,
Now not a thing but clams you get!
O--o--o--o--o!
On old Long Island's sea-girt shore
We caught a cod the other day;
He never had been there before,
And wished that he had stayed away!
 
Should critics at my ballad carp,
To them this simple truth I'll say,
The grammar's quite as good as Sharp
Wrote on the beach of Rockaway:
The tune's the same that Russell cribbed
With the addition of his O,
Which makes it, or the singer fibbed,
Original and all the go--
O--o--o--o--o!
On old Long Island's sea-girt shore
We caught a cod the other day;
He never had been there before,
And wished that he had stayed away!
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George Pope Morris

George Pope Morris was one of the founders of The New York Mirror and for a time its editor He is best known as the author of the poem Woodman Spare That Tree and other poems and songs The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots 1839 the first story in the present volume is selected not because Morris was especially prominent in the field of the short story or humorous prose but because of this single storys representative character Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 follows with The Angel of the Odd October 1844 Columbian Magazine perhaps the best of his humorous stories The System of Dr Tarr and Prof Fether November 1845 Grahams Magazine may be rated higher but it is not essentially a humorous story Rather it is incisive satire with too biting an undercurrent to pass muster in the company of the genial in literature Poes humorous stories as a whole have tended to belittle rather than increase his fame many of them verging on the inane There are some however which are at least excellent fooling few more than that more…

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