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146             Music of the Waters.
Solo.—" Ali, alo, Chorus.—Ali, ali, alo. Solo.—He eats the meat
And gives us the bones. Chorus.—Ali, ali, ali, alo, Ali, ali, alo. Solo.—He drinks the wine
And gives us the water."
A genuine complaint this, and, if true, one with a good reason. I suppose Ali, alo, may be rendered " Hallo, halli." Sometimes the complaint is of a much less refined nature, and proceeds from one of the hard-worked labourers, who intersperses his song with expressions the reverse of parlia­mentary.
France is a country where the custom of each port to have its own particular " chanty " is strictly adhered to. There is another song used at Fecamp, which closely re­sembles the Dunkerque one just quoted.
I cannot find any more beautiful illustration of the Breton mariner's piety and grand faith than in the follow­ing :—
BRETON SAILORS' LITANY.







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