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Music of the Waters.
Monsieur Sebillot has done for me in Brittany and the North of France generally, Monsieur Borel has done in Provence and the South. Had all my applications for information respecting the sailors' and fishermen's songs of a country met with one half the courtesy and extremely kind help that have been shown them in France, I should have found my task a much less formidable undertaking ; it is, perhaps, by contrasting the unresponsive and many times indifferent treatment of other nations that the kindness and cordiality of the land of the arrowy Rhone, and corn-coloured Loire, stands out in such shining characters.
Deluxe.                  LOU REVESTIDON.
G. Borel.
French Version.
Fais tirer, mon brave equipage ! Mes septante chevaux, rilez ! Du Rhone, il est fier le rivage, Ouand bravement vous le foulez !
C'est ainsi que, droit comme un
cierge, A l'avant du maltre-bateau, die : A l'eau ! sous l'ceil de la
Vierge ! Le patron otant son chapeau.
La. ! fais tirer ! les chefs repetent,
La ! La. ! La. ! mes chevaux vail-lants;
Taudis qu'en Fair les fouets claque-sent,
Vos pieds ont des eclairs brillants.
English Version.
Pull! my brave crew, My seventy horses, shoot by ; The strand of the Rhfine is proud When you valiantly crowd by.
It is thus, straight as a taper, In front of the principal boat, That the coxswain, lifting his cap Under the eye of the Virgin cries, " Take the water."
" There, pull," the other masters repeat,
" There, there,there, my valianthorses;
Whilst in the air the whips are crack­ing
Your feet are going like lightning.

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