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  A FISH STORY  

A whale of great porosity
    And small specific gravity,
Dived down with much velocity
    Beneath the sea's concavity.

But soon the weight of water
    Squeezed in his fat immensity,
Which varied--as it ought to--
    Inversely as his density.

It would have moved to pity
    An Ogre or a Hessian,
To see poor Spermaceti
    Thus suffering compression.

The while he lay a-roaring
    In agonies gigantic,
The lamp-oil out came pouring,
    And greased the wide Atlantic.

(Would we'd been in the Navy,
    And cruising there! Imagine us
All in a sea of gravy,
    With billow oleaginous!)

At length old million-pounder,
    Low on a bed of coral,
Gave his last dying flounder,
    Whereto I pen this moral.

                     MORAL

O, let this tale dramatic,
    Anent the whale Norwegian
And pressure hydrostatic,
    Warn you, my young collegian,

That down-compelling forces
    Increase as you get deeper;
The lower down your course is,
    The upward path's the steeper.

                             Henry A. Beers.


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