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Music of tele Waters.               339
The moon and clouds also play an important part in a sailor's life, and the notion that the weather changes with the moon's quarters is firmly implanted in them.
" I saw the new moon late yester-e'en, With the old moon in her arm ; And if we go to sea, master, I fear we'll come to harm."
This used to be a favourite rhyme in the sixteenth century.
Seamen find it convenient to express many important facts in rhymes, and a few of the more prominent are here given:—
" The evening gray and morning red, Put on your hat or you'll wet your head."
" When the wind shifts against the sun, Trust it not, for it will run."
" When the sun sets in the clear, An easterly wind you need not fear."
" The evening red and morning gray, Are sure signs of a fine day ;
But the evening gray and morning red Make the sailor shake his head."
Adverting to the barometer :—
"First rise, after low, Indicates a stronger blow." Also—
" Long foretold, long last; Short notice, soon past."
To which may be added :—
" In squalls, When the rain's before the wind, Halyards, sheets, and braces mind.'1
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