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In writing the Ballads, Gilbert developed his signature "topsy-turvy" style, where the humour was derived by setting up a ridiculous premise and working out its logical consequences, however absurd. They also reveal Gilbert's cynical and satirical approach to humour. The collection became famous on its own, as well as being a source for plot elements, characters, and songs that would be recycled in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
OF all the ships upon the blue,
No ship contained a better crew
Than that of worthy Captain Reece,
Commanding of The Mantelpiece.
He was adored by all his men,
For worthy Captain Reece, R.N.,
Did all that lay within him to
Promote the comfort of his crew.
If ever they were dull or sad,
Their captain danced to them like mad,
Or told, to make the time pass by,
Droll legends of his infancy.
Babylonian Penitential Psalms (1921)
by Percy Handcock
Celtic migrations (1853)
by Denis Caulfield Heron
The Nature and Elements of Poetry (1892)
by Edmund Clarence Stedman
Our habitual criminals (1882)
by Frederick Richard Falkiner
Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act 2014 (2014)
by Parliament of New Zealand
The Eye of Zeitoon (1920)
by Talbot Mundy
The Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus (1843)
by Aeschylus, translated by Henry David Thoreau