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260              Music of the Waters.
decks and loading with grain. This is a descriptive kind of song ; I give the notes here :—
SONG USED WHEN HOLYSTONING THE DECKS OR LOADING AVITH GRAIN.
■ One feature of Russian ship singing is certainly quite peculiar to itself, namely, that of the women singing in chorus while crushing the oats previous to their being shipped; this they do-close to the vessel. The songs are usually of a sad nature, in slow measure, but they evi­dently help the work on, as regularity and unison are needed. I have given one of these songs, though really it can scarcely be quite in place in a collection of sailors' chanties; but the extreme beauty of it, and the originality of its purpose, have tempted me to do so. There is some­thing very original, and one might almost add pathetic in the idea of this plaintive melody accompanying the words of these women on the wharf. The effect of it sung in chorus must be very pleasing. Another great favourite for this work is "The Nightingale," a very ^veil-known Russian song, and one often used in seafaring life. I give it also.
SONG USED BY THE WOMEN WHEN CRUSHING THE GRAIN ON THE WHARF.







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