The Water That John Drinks

Anyone familiar with Victorian history will probably have read, seen, or heard a version of this but here’s the original Punch.

THE WATER THAT JOHN DRINKS

This is the water that JOHN drinks.

 picture1

This is the Thames with its cento of stink,
That supplies the water that JOHN drinks.

 picture2

These are the fish that float in the ink-
y stream of the Thames with its cento of stink,
That supplies the water that JOHN drinks

Picture3

This is the sewer from cesspool and sink,
That feeds the fish that float in the ink-
y stream of the Thames with its cento of stink,
That supplies the water that JOHN drinks.

picture4

These are vested int’rests, that fill to the brink,
The network of sewer from cesspool and sink,
That feed the fish that float in the ink-
y stream of the Thames with its cento of stink,
That supplies the water that JOHN drinks.

picture5

This is the price that we pay to wink,
At the vested int’rests, that fill to the brink,
The network of sewer from cesspool and sink,
That feed the fish that float in the ink-
y stream of the Thames with its cento of stink,
That supplies the water that JOHN drinks.

 picture6

Punch, London. July-December, 1849

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Further Purefinder research that inspired but didn’t end up in the book.

For anyone interested, this was in the 1st and 2nd drafts of the book but not the final.

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