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356             Music of the Waters.
another set of lines and music known as " The Dead Horse," I had sent me, in a copy of The Parramatta Sun (a serio-comic magazine, issued fortnightly, during the voyage of the ship Parramatta from London to Sydney, September 9th, 1879, to December 8th, 1S79).
" On Thursday, October 2nd, lat. 7-32° N., long. 25-20° W., Mr. Richard Tangye, the well-known judge and buyer of blood stock, attended the Parramatta sale, and purchased the animal which was too celebrated to need mention by name. At about eight o'clock a vast multitude of those interested in the turf were assembled on the poop, anxiously waiting to catch a glimpse of the noble animal as he emerged from his stable in the fore part of the ship. His jockey having mounted him, proceeded to the main-deck amidst a crowd of the ship's crew, singing as they did a song which would have deterred anybody with less spirit than Mr. Tangye from bidding. It appeared that the horse was a victim to fate, and that his dirge was being sung :
" Oh ! now poor horse your time is come, And we say so, for we know so. Oh ! many a race I know you've won : Poor old man.
2.  I have come a long, long way,
And, &c. To be sold upon this day. Oh, poor old man.
3.   I have made Fordham's heart jump with joy,
And, &c. For many a long time he tried a Derby to win,
4.  But I was the moke to carry him in. So I hope I shall fetch plenty of tin.
5.  Oh ! gentlemen, walk up and speculate; If I go cheap, my heart will break.
6.  So now, Mr. Auctioneer, you can begin.
And, &c.

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