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46               Music of the Waters.
The next is a drinking-song :—
Chorus.—" Then we'll drink and be jolly, and drown melan­choly, Our spirits to cherish, our hopes and our lives, And we'll pay all our debts with a flying top­sail ; And so bid adieu to our sweethearts and wives."
The following is very patriotic :—
Chorus.—" On the glorious, the second of April, all at the
dawn of the day, We unreefed our topsails, and then we wore
away ; Lord Nelson on the poop did stand, With his spy-glass all in his hand, And all he said, as we pushed for the land, Was, ' Steady, and cheer up, ho.' "
The following used to be one of the most popular songs in the Black X Line. I make no false statement when I say that it is true melody, and deservedly popular. The words are about as unintelligible as the most of them are :—

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