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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, March 15, 1890   By:

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MARCH 15, 1890.



Or, The Bull who knew his Business.


Jack Parker ("was a cruel boy, For mischief was his sole employ." Vide Miss JANE TAYLOR.)

Miss Lydia Banks ("though very young, Will never do what's rude or wrong." Ditto.)

Farmer Banks } By the Brothers GRIFFITHS. Farmer Banks's Bull }

Chorus of Farm Hands.

SCENE A Farmyard. R. a stall, from which the head of the Bull is visible above the half door. Enter Farmer BANKS with a cudgel .


Farmer B. (moodily).

When roots are quiet, and cereals are dull, I vent my irritation on the Bull.

[ We have Miss TAYLOR'S own authority for this rhyme .

Come hup, you beast! ( Opens stall and flourishes cudgel the Bull comes forward with an air of deliberate defiance. )

Oh, turning narsty, is he?

( Apologetically, to Bull. )

Another time will do! I see you're busy!

[ The Bull, after some consideration, decides to accept this retractation, and retreats with dignity to his stall, the door of which he carefully fastens after him. Exit Farmer BANKS, L., as LYDIA BANKS enters R., accompanied by Chorus. The Bull exhibits the liveliest interest in her proceedings, as he looks on, with his forelegs folded easily upon the top of the door.

Song LYDIA BANKS ( in Polka time. )

I'm the child by Miss JANE TAYLOR sung; Unnaturally good for one so young A pattern for the people that I go among, With my moral little tags on the tip of my tongue, And I often feel afraid that I shan't live long, For I never do a thing that's rude or wrong!

Chorus (to which the Bull beats time).

As a general rule, one doesn't live long, If you never do a thing that's rude or wrong!

Second Verse.

My words are all with wisdom fraught, To make polite replies I've sought; And learned by independent thought, That a pinafore, inked, is good for nought. So wonderfully well have I been taught, That I turn my toes as children ought!

Chorus (to which the Bull dances). This moral lesson she's been taught She turns her toes as children ought!

Lydia (sweetly). Yes, I'm the Farmer's daughter LYDIA BANKS; No person ever caught me playing pranks! I'm loved by all the live stock on the farm,

[ Ironical applause from the Bull.

Pigeons I've plucked will perch upon my arm, And pigs at my approach sit up and beg,

[ Business by Bull.

For me the partial Peacock saves his egg, No sheep e'er snaps if I attempt to touch her, Lambs like it when I lead them to the butcher! Each morn I milk my rams beneath the shed, While rabbits flutter twittering round my head, And, as befits a dairy farmer's daughter, What milk I get I supplement with water,

[ A huge Shadow is thrown on the road outside ; LYDIA starts .

Whose shadow is it makes the highway darker? That bullet head! those ears! it is JACK PARKER!

[ Chord. The Chorus flee in dismay, as JACK enters with a reckless swagger .


I'm loafing about, and I very much doubt if my excellent Ma is aware that I'm out; My time I employ in attempts to annoy, and I'm not what you'd call an agreeable boy! I shoe the cats with walnut shells; Tin cans to curs I tie; Ring furious knells at front door bells Then round the corner fly! 'Neath donkeys' tails I fasten furze, Or timid horsemen scare; If chance occurs, I stock with burrs My little Sister's hair!

[ The Bull shakes his head reprovingly.

Such tricks give me joy without any alloy, but they do not denote an agreeable boy!

[ As JACK PARKER concludes, the Bull ducks cautiously below the half door, while LYDIA conceals herself behind the pump , L.C.

Jack (wandering about Stage, discontentedly).

I thought at least there'd be some beasts to badger here! Call this a farm there ain't a blooming spadger here!

[ Approaches stall Bull raises head suddenly... Continue reading book >>

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