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Music of the Waters 263
For heaving the anchor I have found two songs, one ot which I give in the printed form as it was sent me from Odessa ; the other, of the genuine chanty style, as I took it down from a Russian sailor, of whom I feel a few words of praise are necessary. His knowledge of the national music of his country was extraordinary in a man of his position, and in literature he was not far behind. Mr. Ralston would, I am sure, have felt interested, if not flattered, by the encomiums passed on his book of Russian songs.1
In spite of his very evident taste for study and the amount of cultivation he possessed, my Russian tar was as quaint a specimen of that everywhere extraordinary species—the genuine salt—as I ever encountered. I had some opportunity for studying his character, for he was obliged while waiting for a certain ship to reside for some time near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. My father, in his capacity
1 " Songs of the Russian People." By W. Ralston.

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