Within the Royal Aquarium
What monsters have they prancing
That the authorities refuse
A license there for dancing?
Are they afraid the octopus
Will write in a fandango?
Or lobsters caper to pousette
To airs from 'Madame Angot'?
Will lively crabs the can-can dance
Or learn to bounce and royster?
Or flounders wobble to the strains
Accomplished whistling oyster?
Are seals as ready for a spin
As Gray says, when (look o'er him)
'My grave Lord Keeper led the brawls,
The seals,' they 'danced before him'
Will uncrimpt skates, as in the rink
Be dreadfully disporting>
And hippocampus-major take
To capering and snorting?
From Funny Folk magazine, 23 October 1875