A Giant Fishing…

His Angle Rod Made of a Sturdy Oak - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


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).