Music Of The Waters - online book

Sailors' Chanties, Songs Of The Sea, Boatmen's, Fishermen's,
Rowing Songs, & Water Legends with lyrics & sheet music

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'' Sails of silk, and ropes of sendal, Such as gleam in ancient lore ; And the singing of the sailors, And the answer from the shore."
Sailors' talk is a dialect as distinct from ordinary English as is Lowland Scotch. Certainly, English words are used, but their signification is many times remote from' the meaning they have in shore parlance. The meaning of many sea-phrases is too subtle for translation ; some fit
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