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68               Music of the Waters.
Spain, with Biscay and Portugal, Toledo and Grenada, All these did meet, and made a fleet, And call'd it the Armada."
There are, of course, many verses to this somewhat Hibernian ditty, and, like all the songs in the admirable work from which I have quoted, it is to be found there harmonized. There are, I believe, two versions, of the next song.
WE BE THREE POOR MARINERS. " We be three poor mariners, we be three poor mariners, Newly come from the seas, While others live at ease. Shall we go dance the round, the round, the round, Shall we go dance the round, the round, the round. And he that is a bully (jolly) boy Come pledge me on this ground, a ground, a ground.
We care not for those martial men
That do our states disdain, But we care for the merchantmen
Who do our states maintain. To them we dance this round, around, around, To them we dance this round, around, around. And he that is a bully boy Come pledge me on this ground, a ground, a ground."
'• We be Three Poor Mariners " is still popular as a fore­castle song, and a glance at it satisfied me that it was a genuine tar's production.







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