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Music of the Waters.               159
French Version.
La voile s'enfle, il va partir, le brick
a l'allure elegante; Sur le pont le matelot chante, in-
soucieux de l'avenir, Mais l'ceil fixe sur l'onde amere, un
seul la regarde en pleurant, Car sur la greve il voit sa mere, qui
pleure et benit son enfant.
Un jour, helas ! le pain manquait a sa
famille desolee, Et sous la cabane isolee, deja l'horrible
faim entrait, Mais vers le port Pierre s'elance, se
vend et revient en pleurant, "Mere," dit-il, "plus de souffrance,
embrasse et benis ton enfant !"
Parti pour de lointains climats, errant
sur la plaine-ecumeuse, Apres une course ourageuse, le bon
Pierre ne revint pas; Et sur la greve solitaire que le flot
baigne en s'y brisant, Cliaque jour voit la pauvre mere qui
prie et pleure son enfant.
English Version.
The sails are set of the gallant brig, On deck the sailor sings, regardless
of the future ; But with his gaze fixed on the bitter
wave one is silently crying, For on the shore he sees his mother
weeping and blessing her child.
One day, alas ! bread failed the deso­late family,
And into the isolated cabin, already hunger in its horror has entered,
But Peter runs towards the port, sells himself, and comes back weeping,
"Mother," says he, "no more pain, embrace and bless thy child !"
Departed to far distant climes, wan­dering over the foaming plain,
After a stormy voyage, the good Peter never comes back ;
And on the lonely shore washed by the incoming tide,
Each day sees the poor mother pray­ing and weeping for her child.
The story of " Pauvre Pierre " is an undoubted forecastle favourite with Jack in France.
This is another very favourite song in Provence with the fishermen:—

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