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Music of the Waters.               53
Solo.—When the missus came to there was an awful row ; Poor Sarah, she got the sack next day, Then she came to me straightway, and said,— ' I've lost my character, place likewise.' Says I,' My dear, now never you mind, Next Sunday morn' we'll go and get wed ;' Next Sunday morn' I was at sea instead. So now, my boys, when courting you go, If the missus turns up, in the copper don't go, If you're handy there, you're handier here. One more pull, and up she will go,— The mate cries ' Belay !' so below we will go."
Verily a moral to other young men than Jack, who go courting below stairs ; but let us hope they will not follow his bad example and merit the title " Deceivers ever."
The following " Bonny" is another hauling chanty, somewhat after the style of " Whisky Johnny."
1.  Oh; Bonny was a warrior, Chorus.—Wae ! Hae ! Ha !
2.  Oh, Bonny was no Frenchman, Wae ! Hae ! Ha!
(Pronounced as " Day," and " Ha !" as " Far.")
3.  Bonny beat the Rooshins,
4.  The Prooshians, and the Osstrians,
5.  At the Battle of Marengo.
6.  Bonny went to Moscow,
7.  Moscow was o'foyre.1
8.  Bonny lost his army there,
9.  Bonny retreated back again.
10.   Bonny went to Elbow,2
11.  And soon he did come back again.
1  Supposed to have some reference to a famous conflagration.
2  Where is " Elbow'' ? I think it is a sly hit at Bonny's want of elbow-room when immured.

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