The Life and adventure of Bob thin; or, 'The Poor-House Fugitive' (Brief Extracts)
Bob Thin a weaver was, by trade; An honest lad and most industrious— Therefore, we dare to say it, illustrious. ... Zealous for virtue, Bob got wed; Too soon more mouths had to be fed. Till, what with more bairns than money, Bob's hive was stocked with want of honey. ... Alas! he may not claim a bone Even in the workhouse, be it known, Though Bethnal-Green might own his sire That Bob was born in Monmouthsire: William James Linton, (1845)
Describing itself somewhat grandiosely as a "political-philosophical-historical-biographical-anecdotal-allegorical-parenthetical-prophetical-poetical-logical-metrical-and moral new poor-law tale", Linton's doggerel chronicles the descent of its eponymous hero into despair, degradation, and ultimately death.
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