The Stuffed Owl

Lord Stanhope's Steamer

Lord Stanhope hit upon a novel plan
Of bringing forth this vast Leviathan
(This notion first Genevois’  genius struck);
His frame was made to emulate the duck;
Webb’d feet had he, in Ocean’s brine to play;
With whale-like might he whirl’d aloft the spray;
But made with all this splash but little speed;
Alas! the duck was doom’d not to succeed!