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You gentlemen of England, that lives at home at ease, Full little do you think upon the dangers of the seas : Give ear unto the marriners, and they will plainly show, The cares and the fears when the stormy winds do blow.
All you that will be seamen must bear a valiant heart,
For when you come upon the seas you must not think to start,
Nor once to be faint-hearted in hail, rain, or snow,
Nor to shrink, nor to shrink when the stormy winds do blow.
The bitter storms and tempests poor seamen must endure, Both day and night, with many a fright, we seldom rest secure ; Our sleep it is disturbed with visions strange to know, And with dreams on the streams, when the stormy winds do blow.
In claps of roaring thunder which darkness doth enforce, We often find our ship to stray beyond our wonted course, Which causeth great distractions, and sinks our hearts full low ; 'Tis in vain to complain when the stormy winds do blow.
Sometimes in Neptune's bosom our ship is tost in waves
And every man expecting the sea to be their graves :
Then up aloft she mounteth and down again so low;
'Tis with waves, oh ! with waves, when the stormy winds do blow.
Then down again we fall to prayer with all our might and
thought1; When refuge all doth fail us 'tis that must bear us out; To God we call for succour, for He it is, we know, That must aid us and save us when the stormy winds do blow.
The lawyer and the usurer that sits in gown of fur,
In closets warm, can take no harm, abroad they need not stir;
When winter fierce with cold doth pierce, and beats with hail and
snow, We are sure to endure when the stormy winds do blow.