What if Shakespeare…were a FISHERMAN?

Here’s another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon
the coast on Wednesday the four-score of April,
forty thousand fathom above water. [1]
What have we here? a man or a fish?
he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-
like smell. [2]
As fish are in a pond. [3]
What strange fish hath made his meal on thee? [4]
The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an old coat. [5]

Nay, then thou wilt starve, sure; for here’s nothing
to be got now-a-days, unless thou canst fish for’t. [6]
A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat
of the fish that hath fed of that worm. [7]

Than baits to fish. [8]
Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. [9]
The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait. [10]

Here’s a fish hangs in the net. [11]
Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable. [12]
I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. [13]

Shakespeare re-arranged by Zhan Zhang.


1) Winter’s Tale [IV. 4. 2160-2162]
2) Tempest [II. 2. 1108-1111]
3) Henry IV [Part II. I, 1. 258]
4) Tempest [II. 1. 812-813]
5) Merry Wives of Windsor [I. 1. 20]
6) Pericles [II. 1. 649-650]
7) Hamlet [IV. 3. 2738]
8) Titus Andronicus [IV. 4. 2115]
9) Much Ado about Nothing [II. 3. 927]
10) Much Ado about Nothing [III. 1. 1101-1103]
11) Pericles [II. 1. 695]
12) Tempest [V. 1 2343]
13) Pericles [II. 1. 606]

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