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Music of the Waters.                 215
such harmony-loving countries as Germany, France, Italy, and Sweden. Their sailors have but few songs, and those are certainly not to be classed under the heading of chanties.
The capstan song for the Danish Navy is, " Come, all ye jolly sailors bold " :—
Solo.—" Come, all ye jolly sailors bold, Chorus.—Heave and go, my Nancy O !
Solo.—Listen till my tale is told, Chorus.—Heave and go, my Nancy O !
Solo.—The king trusts to his sailors bold, And we shall find them as of old— For father, mother, sisters, wives, We're ready now to risk our lives. For Danish girls, with eyes so blue, We'll do all that can sailors do. And Dannebrog upon our masts Shall float as long as this world lasts ; And now for our brave captain, we, Will give three cheers right heartily.*
Solo.—Then up, mates, up, and blaze away, Chorus.—Heave and go, my Nancy O !
Solo.—Listen till my tale is told, Chorus.—Heave and go, my Nancy 0 !"
Modern Scandinavian " chanties " resemble our English ones very closely, many words being exactly the same ; they are spirited tunes, characteristic of the fresh, hardy, brisk men who sing them. They have their capstan songs, their hauling " chanties," their outward and homeward-bound songs, and those of forecastle fame, descriptive of sailor's and sea life, and illustrative of their grand old Viking fathers. The following are both recognized forecastle favourites:—







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