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50 Bab Ballads
William. S. Gilbert

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Transcribed from the 1884 and 1891 George Routledge and Sons
editions by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

FIFTY "BAB" BALLADS--MUCH SOUND AND LITTLE SENSE 

PREFACE. 

The "BAB BALLADS" appeared originally in the columns of "FUN," when
that periodical was under the editorship of the late TOM HOOD.
They were subsequently republished in two volumes, one called "THE
BAB BALLADS," the other "MORE BAB BALLADS." The period during
which they were written extended over some three or four years;
many, however, were composed hastily, and under the discomforting
necessity of having to turn out a quantity of lively verse by a
certain day in every week.  As it seemed to me (and to others) that
the volumes were disfigured by the presence of these hastily
written impostors, I thought it better to withdraw from both
volumes such Ballads as seemed to show evidence of carelessness or

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