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Music of the Waters.             235
" Goldne Abendsonne," or " Golden Evening Sun," is too well-known a song for there to be any necessity to give the words or their English meaning ; it is often sung by the sailors in chorus at the end of their day's work.
" Auf Ihr Briider, laszt uns Wallen" is also a sailors' favourite, and when they meet on shore, and grow, as land-folk also do, convivial over their pipes and lager, then may be heard from some tavern or coffee-house the strains of the " Auf, Ihr Briider." I before remarked that German sailors, as well as the other sons of the old Vaterland, have a deeply-rooted love of good music, and looking through a very remarkably spelt note-book full of songs, strongly redolent of tobacco, which was written for me by a Ham­burg sailor during a period of convalescence in Newcastle Infirmary, I find the following gems mentioned as being favourites on board German vessels—Mendelssohn's ex­quisite " Scheiden," " Parting," which they use as an out­ward-bound song, also his " Abschied vom Walde," or " Leaving the Forest;" and Schubert's perfect " Wandrer's Nacht-Lied," with Gbthe's words.

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