Hey Babe, Hand Me That Astrolabe

“Swinburne… boasted to Burne-Jones that he had ‘discovered the one serious rhyme in the language’ to ‘babe’, which was, not very helpfully, ‘astrolabe’.”

Mollie Panter-Downes, At The Pines : Swinburne And Watts-Dunton In Putney (1971).

I was directed to this magnificent and eccentric book by Nige, who also provides a link to Max Beerbohm’s account of his Putney visit.

3 thoughts on “Hey Babe, Hand Me That Astrolabe

  1. He should have made them up like Lewis Carrol:

    Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    all the best

    Arnold (a rough musician)

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