The Vegetarian Song

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"The Vegetarian Song," a comedy skit by American entertainer George Henry Howard Paul (1830-1905, stage name "Howard Paul"), originally performed in the vaudeville show "Patchwork" as "Mr. Shellingham Pease, The Vegetarian" and later published in London and New York in 1858. In both monologue and sung verse, the piece makes fun of fanatical vegetarians and ends with the narrator dying of a broken heart: "'Here there lies a Vegetarian, / Who has ceased to vegetate.'"

Howard Paul, "Mr. Shellingham Pease, The Vegetarian," in "Patchwork": Embroidered with Wit, Whim and Fancy (New York: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge, 1858), pp. 46-50.

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