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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book Three by  Ada M. Skinner and Frances Gillespy Wickes


 

 

THE WHALE

It was in the year of ninety-four, in March the twentieth day,

Our gallant tars their anchors weighed, and for sea they bore away,

Brave boys,

And for sea they bore away.


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Speedicut was our captain's name, our ship was the Lyon bold,

And we had gone to sea, brave boys, to face the storm and cold.


When that we came to the cold country

Where the frost and the snow did lie,

Where the frost and the snow, and the whale-fish so

blue and the daylight's never gone,

Brave boys,

And the daylight's never gone.


Our boatswain went to topmost high, with his spy-glass in his hand,

"A whale, a whale, a whale," he did cry,

"And she blows at every span."


Our captain stood on the quarter deck, and a clever

little man was he,

Overhaul, overhaul, let the wind-tackle fall, and

to launch your boats so free,

Brave boys,

And to launch your boats so free.


There's harpooneers, and line coilers, and line colecks also;

There's boat-steerers and sailors brave;

To the whale, to where she blows, to the whale, to where she blows,

Brave boys,

To the whale, to where she blows.


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We struck the whale, and away she went, casts a flourish

with her tail,

But Oh, and alas, we've lost one man, and we did not kill the whale,

Brave boys,

And we did not kill that whale.


When that the news to our captain it did come, a sorrowful

man was he,

For the losing of his prentice boy, and down his colours drew he,

Brave boys,

And down his colours drew he.


Now, my lads, don't be amazed for the losing of one man,

For fortune it will take its place, let a man do all he can,

Brave boys,

Let a man do all he can.


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