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MUSIO OF THE Waters.                  229
Myn Kambiis, seggt He, Is hiibsch rein, Alles is, Piik un fein, Wer di rin kummt, Ward gliek rufft, Und ick sett em An de Luft.
So fahr ick, seggt he, Immer so, Kam ick mal, Bi myn Fro, Denn wies ick der, Wie man kaalt, Un wie Seeliid, Siinst et makt.
Neat and clean, says lie,
Is my cabin,
Trim and fine
All there looks,
Who looks in,
At once is stopped,
And I kick him
Out of it.
So I sail, says he, Always on, When I come To my wife, Then I show her How to cook, And how sailors Always do.
Like most of the German sailors' songs, this one is written in Low German. It is not easy to render quite accurately or rhythmically in English the peculiarities of this droll piece. It is supposed to be sung by one voice, save the inevitable "says he," at the end of each line, which is given by the whole company present. The Germans have no organized set of chanties, belonging to their different kinds of work, as our men have on board ship. Their songs are mostly, like " The Jolly Cook," set to some well-known popular tune, though the words are often as sailor-like as any I have come across. A love of good music seems to be implanted in the heart of every son of the great " Vaterland," be he prince or be he com­mon sailor. And the blue-jackets of Germany heave their anchors and haul their ropes to some Lied of Mendelssohn or chorus of Handel, as the British tar heaves and hauls to some quaint yo-ho-ing of his own composing.
The following is a translation of another humorous song,

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