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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.
Sun, Moon and Talia
by Giambattista Basile, translated by John Edward Taylor
Animals drawn from Nature and engraved in aqua-tinta (1788)
by Charles Catton
What are the causes of the distressed state of the Highlands of Scotland? (1852)
by William Neilson Hancock
The Extant Odes of Pindar, translated into English (1874)
by Pindar, translated by Ernest Myers
The Contrasts in Dante (1906)
by William Warren Vernon
A Dictionary of the Book of Mormon (1891)
by George Reynolds (ed.)
Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice (1911)
by Victor Appleton