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[WILLIAM Schwenck GILBERT, B.A., was born Nov. 18, 1836, at 17 Southampton Street, Strand, London, and educated at Great Ealing School. He took the degree of B. A. at the University of London, was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in Nov. 1864.

His “Bab Ballads,” originally published in Fun, have been wonderfully popular. His most recent works are:—“On Bail,” a comedy in three acts, “Le Reveillon," (Criterion, Feb. 1877) and the “Ne'er do Weel," (Olympic, Feb. 25, 1878). In 1879 appeared his comic opera H. M. Ship Pinafore, (music by Arthur Sullivan). The “Bab Ballads”—which will speak of its parentage.]

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I always voted at my party's call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all. I thought so little they rewarded me, By making me the ruler of the Queen's Navee.

CHORUs.—He thought so little, &c.

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree.
If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule,_
Stick close to your desks and never go to

Sea, And you all may be rul-ers of the Queen's Na-vee.

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