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Music of the Waters.              321
Some hundreds of natives are at the present moment manning ships sailing under the British, French and American flags, and are regarded by unbiassed persons equal in their duties to European seamen, and as effective in ability and strength, while dieting on similar provisions. The New Zealand seaman may now be found in every part of the globe—under the frozen zones of the north and south, and the torrid latitudes east and west, steering at night and alone on deck the full-freighted ship, amid the pathless waters, joining the hilarity of his brother-seamen, and equally watchful aloft when danger may approach, and may be said to present the nearest approach to a British tar beyond any other nation of which we know.
Mr. Baring Gould, in his volume, "Iceland, its Scenes and Sagas," gives one or two specimens of genuine Icelandic melody. He says that all the songs were in Icelandic, but the melodies were mostly Danish ; " God Save the Queen " and " Beautiful Star " were both set to Icelandic words, and descriptive of the glories of the island. I give the Icelandic National Hymn :—

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