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Music of the Waters.             331
" Sing, lads, our master bids us sing, For master cry out loud and strong. The water with the long oar strike, Sing, lads, and let us haste along.
" Tis for our master we will sing,
We'll sing for our young mistresses, And sweethearts we must not forget, Zoe, Mertente, Zabelle, Louish.
" Sing, fellows, for our own true loves, My lottery prize ! Zoe, my belle ! She's like a wild young doe, she knows The way to jump and dance so well!
" Black diamonds are her bright, black eyes, Her teeth are lilies white ; Sing, fellows, for my true love, and The water with the long oar strike.
" See ! see the town ! hurrah ! hurrah ! Master returns in pleasant mood ; He's going to treat his boys all round, Hurrah ! hurrah for master good ! "
Another song quoted is of wood and water, though only the latter is mentioned. It is a " Runaway's Song of Defiance " :
" General Florido ! indeed, fo' true dey can't catch me. General Florido ! indeed, fo' true dey can't catch me."
" Dey got one schooner out at sea, Dey got one schooner out at sea. Indeed, fo' true dey can't catch me."
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