BLACK­BEARD’S VERSE

Evergreen - - Clippings -

SIR: I thought some of your read­ers might re­mem­ber this quirky rhyme. It was one that my fa­ther taught to me some 65 years ago. He was a true blood Cock­ney, so I don’t know if this was a tra­di­tional Cock­ney verse.

It was a dark and stormy night, and the rain came down in tor­rents, when Black­beard the brig­and chief told a story to his men and the story went as fol­lows:

It was a dark and stormy night, and the rain came down in tor­rents, when Black­beard the brig­and chief told a story to his men and the story went as fol­lows, etc. BRIAN S. DELVES- DEFFEE, BUR­TON LA­TIMER, NORTHAMP­TON­SHIRE. * The oft- quoted line “It was a dark and stormy night...” has been much par­o­died over the years. It comes from Ed­ward Bul­wer- Lyt­ton’s 1830 novel “Paul Clifford”, which tells the story of a gallant high­way­man at the time of the French Revo­lu­tion. —- Ed.

One reader says that “Ever­green” makes per­fect bath- time read­ing. Our artist, the late Colin Carr, also had sim­i­lar thoughts as shown in the above il­lus­tra­tion.

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