1] Tenier: David Teniers the Younger (1610-90), a Netherlands painter whose work Melville had seen when he was in Amsterdam at the museum.
2] losels: good-for-nothings.
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Original text: Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (Chicago: Packard, 1947): 229-30. PS 2382 V5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1891
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/6/2
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