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. Music of the Waters.               45
Solo.—But marry a man of axomly making, For in him there's no mistaking : In so doing of w'ich you'll please me, And so of my troubles ease me.
" But long before the song reached this point it was. usually cut short by the mate singing out: ' Vast heaving there for'ard ; out bass, and lay aft some of ye,' &c. Then soon a fresh song would burst from another part of the ship ; perhaps the following wild kind of thing:" and Mr. Leslie here quotes the sailor's favourite, which I have already given, " Old Starm-along."
In a tale entitled " The Man-o'-War's Man," there are some excellent choruses, of which I give a few, as they may sometimes be heard sung by our sailors to any tune they can be set to :—
Chorus.—" O, Greenland is a cold countrie, And seldom is seen the sun ; The keen frost and snow continually blow, And the daylight never is done,
Brave boys, And the daylight never is done."
Chorus.—" Nor never will I married be Until the day I die ;
For the stormy winds and the raging sea Parted my love and I."
Of totally different sentiment is the following:—
Chorus.—" O, the rose it is red and the violet is blue,
And my heart, love, beats steady and constant
to you, Then let it be early, late, or soon, I will enjoy my rose in June."
Chorus.—" Farewell and adieu to you, grand Spanish ladies, Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain, For we've received prders to sail for old England, But we hope in short time for to see you again."

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