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The National Music of America. 209
Scottish meat-pudding, — the Haggis, — and sweep from this up to the loftiest declara­tion of human rights and equality, in —
" Rank is but the guinea's stamp, The man's the gowd, for a' that."
Dibdin, although unable to scale such heights, was entirely adequate to the idealisa­tion of the humble surroundings of sailor-life. What subject could be more humble than a sailor's tobacco-box, with a simple motto scratched on it by his sweetheart ? Yet this became, when gilded by the poet's fancy, the beautiful song, " The Token," with its refrain
of —
"If you loves I as I loves you No knife shall cut our loves in two." l
The sailor is more constantly at song than the soldier, and it is not surprising to find the sea-songs of both America and England more full of power than the songs of the
1 The last line is frequently softened into " No pair so happy as we two."
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