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By John Kassel
Posted July 23, 2004
The famous Victorian musical collaborators Gilbert & Sullivan
wrote musical and lyrical doggerel which has become part of the culture of the
English speaking world. Often their classics deflating the pompous and
pretentious, like I Am
the Very Model of the Modern Major General, have been modified as vehicles for
satire and parody and archived.
We at Whirled
Magazine have discovered two fragments of the work of a heretofore
unknown pair of collaborators, W.A. Dilbert and Welligan Sullivan, who must have
joined this august tradition. We publish them here, as discovered, for the first
The first, found rolled inside the hatband of a large Stetson, was
difficult to decipher because of the barbecue stains... As best we can tell it
The second was found in a steamer trunk covered with lunar
decals with this attached tiny cumpled paperclipped note...
And when unrolled from the frog eggs, reads:
It's rumored that a yet undiscovered tribute dedicated to
someone named "P.J." exists. But for true G&S fans, speculation on which
work W.A. and Welligan chose to pay tribute to should not be too difficult. The
undiscovered tribute is said to be nearly identical to the original.
Whirled Magazine: Failing reason and evidence!
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