Comic Annual,  10 (1839), 62–67.

Ben Bluff. A Pathetic Ballad

[Thomas Hood]


Ballad, Drollery


Technology, Industrial Chemistry

    The ballad recounts the adventures of Ben Bluff, a whaler who retired 'when Gas took the shine out of Oil'. 'He turn'd up his nose at the fumes of the coke, / And swore the whole scheme was a bottle of smoke: / As to London he briefly deliver'd his mind, / "Sparmacity," said he—but the City declined'. (62)

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