The Grand Panjandrum

From Wikisource
(Redirected from The Great Panjandrum)
Jump to: navigation, search
The Grand Panjandrum
by Samuel Foote
Published in 1755 to test the memory of the actor Charles Macklin, who had claimed he could read any paragraph once through and then recite it verbatim.

As quoted in the 1820 novel Harry and Lucy concluded (vol. 2) by Maria Edgeworth

So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage
leaf, to make an apple pie ; and at the same time a 
great she-bear coming up the street, pops its head 
into the shop. 'What ! no soap ?' So he died, and 
she very imprudently married the barber ; and there  
were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and 
the Garyulies, and the grand Panjandrum himself, 
with the little round button at top ; and they all 
fell to playing the game of catch as catch can, 
till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their 
boots.

In 1885 this nonsense paragraph was published as a poem in a picture book by Randolph Caldecott using the words "great Panjandrum":

So she went into the garden
to cut a cabbage-leaf
to make an apple-pie;
and at the same time
a great she-bear, coming down the street,
pops its head into the shop.
What! no soap?
     So he died,
and she very imprudently married the Barber:
and there were present
the Picninnies,
     and the Joblillies,
          and the Garyulies,
and the great Panjandrum himself,
with the little round button at top;
and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can,
till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.