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340              Music of the Waters.
"When the wind's before the rain, Soon you may make sail again."
Also speaking generally :—
" When the glass falls low Prepare for a blow, When it rises high Let all your kites fly."
" A rainbow in the morning, Sailors take warning ; A rainbow at night Is the sailors' delight."
In fact there is no end to the superstitions that exist, or perhaps I should say, existed among sailors ; indeed, after searching through the works which treat of these, one almost wonders at the light-heartedness characteristic of the blue-jackets when one thinks of the burden laid upon them through them.
The fishermen of Clovelly were formerly in the habit of inaugurating the commencement of the herring-fishing season by attending a special service at the church; the 107th Psalm being substituted for the Psalm of the day, and the gospel of the fifth Sunday after Trinity being read on the occasion. The old Hundredth Psalm, too, was sung by all the fishermen before the general thanksgiving, and after it came that unique prayer known as the Clovelly Fishermen's Prayer, which begins "Al­mighty and loving Father, Thou rulest in the heaven, in the earth, in the sea, and in all deep places." The Clovelly fishermen's example is not often followed ; there are many places where, like the herring-fishers of Marken (Holland), the little flotilla sails on a Sunday evening.

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