'Song of the Ghost of Gaffer Thumb'

Description

From Tom Thumb (Twelfth Night celebrations at Tavistock House, January 1854).

Creator

Dickens, Charles

Source

The Plays and Poems of Charles Dickens. Edited by Richard Herne Shepherd. Volume 1 (1882), p. 85. W. H. Allen & Company.  https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Plays_and_Poems_of_Charles_Dickens/XbZJAQAAMAAJ.

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Google Books, Fair Use.

Relation

Inserted into an amateur performance of Kane O'Hara's Tom Thumb n.d (early 19th century) https://www.loc.gov/item/2010667656/. Dickens's poem was written to replace O'Hara's 'AIR. - GHOST' (Scene IV, p 221). O'Hara's play was adapted from Henry Fielding's The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great (1731), which was in turn expanded from Fielding's original Tom Thumb. A Tragedy (1730).

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Bibliographic Citation

Dickens, Charles. 'Song of the Ghost of Gaffer Thumb.' Tom Thumb (1854). Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1854-01_Tom_Thumb_Song_of_the_Ghost_of_Gaffer_Thumb.

Transcription

I've got up from my churchyard bed,
And assumed the perpendicular,
Having something to say in my head,
Which isn't so very particular! 
I do not appear in sport,
But in earnest, all danger scorning - 
I'm in your service, in short,
And I hereby give you warning - [Cock crows.]

Who's dat crowing at the door?
Dere's some one in the house with Dinah! 
I'm call'd (so can't say any more)
By a voice from Cochin China!

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Dickens, Charles, “'Song of the Ghost of Gaffer Thumb',” Dickens Search, accessed June 25, 2022, https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1854-01_Tom_Thumb_Song_of_the_Ghost_of_Gaffer_Thumb.

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