A Giant Fishing…
His angle rod made of a sturdy oak,
His line a cable which in storms ne'er broke;
His hook he baited with a dragon's tail,
And sat upon a rock and bobbed for whale.
This rhyme is originally by Sir William Davenant (1605–1668) from "Britannia Triumphans" (1637). Here's the original version:
For angling-rod he took a sturdy oak;
For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke;
His hook was such as heads the end of pole
To pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole;
The hook was baited with a dragon's tale,--
And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This nursery rhyme and illustration can be found in Nursery Rhymes (circa 1920) illustrated by Claud Lovat Fraser (with some graphical editing of the above image by Lisa Yannucci).