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58               Music of the Waters.
Solo.—12. Then back your main top-sail—rise your main tack also, Bound away in the Dreadnought, to the west­ward we'll go.
13.  It's now we've arrived at New York once more, Where I'll see my dear Polly, the girl I adore.
14.  I'll call for strong liquors, and merry will be, Here's a health to the Dreadnought, where'er
she may be.
15.   Here's a health to the captain and all his brave
crew, Here's a health to the Dreadnought and officers too.
16.  And this song was composed when the watch
went below, Bound away in the Dreadnought, to the west­ward we'll go.
A collection of English sailors' songs could scarcely be complete without some reference to those which are to be found in Shakespeare's " Tempest." Dr. Johnson says of the first scene in the first act that " This naval dialogue is perhaps the earliest example of sailors' language exhi­bited on the stage." The second Lord Mulgrave declared that Shakespeare's technical knowledge of seamanship must have been " the result of the most accurate personal observation." The boatswain in "The Tempest" delivers himself in the true vernacular style of the "forecastle." Says Captain Glascock, R.N.: " Heigh, my hearts ; cheerily, cheerily, my hearts ; yare, yare 1 Take in the topsail." "Yare," meaning quick, ready, is several times used by Shakespeare as a sea-term.
Ariel's beautiful song, " Full Fathom Five," which Ferdi­nand describes so graphically—" This music crept by me upon the waters ; allaying both their fury, and my passion, with its sweet air "—is too well known for me to do more than allude to it.







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