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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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164          SONGS AND BALLADS
•Welcome !' cry'd she, ' my constant Thomas, Tho' out of sight, ne'er out of mind,
Tho' seas our hearts have parted from us, Yet still my thoughts were left behind ;
So much my thoughts took Tommy's part,
That time nor absence from my heart Could drive my constant Thomas.'
' This knife the gift of lovely Sally, Which still I've kept for her dear sake,
A thousand times in am'rous folly Her name has carv'd upon the deck.
Again this happy pledge returns,
To shew how truly Thomas burns, How truly burns for Sally.'
' This thimble thou didst give to Sally, Whene'er I see I think on you.
Then why should Tom stand shilly shally When yonder steeple's in our view ? '
Tom, never to occasion blind,
Now took her in the coming"mind, And went to church with Sally.
How pleasant a sailor's life passes,
Who roams o'er the watery main ! No treasure he ever amasses,
But cheerfully spends all his gain. We're strangers to party and faction,
To honour and honesty true, And wou'd not commit a base action
For power or profit in view. Then why should we quarrel for riches,
Or any such glittering toys ? A light heart and a thin pair of breeches
Goes through the world, brave boys.
The world is a beautiful garden
Enrich'd with the blessings of life, The toiler with plenty rewarding,
Which plenty too often breeds strife.