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  • A Wet Sheet and Flowing Sea

    From the New York Tribune, February 2, 1913.
     By A. Cunningham.
     A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
         A wind that follows fast
     And fills the white and rustling sail
         And bends the gallant mast;
     And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
         While like the eagle free
     Away the good ship flies, and leaves
         Old England on the lee.
     O for the soft and gentle wind!
         I hear a fair one cry;
     But give to me the morning breeze
         And white waves heaving high;
     And white waves heaving high, my lads,
         The good ship tight and free—
     The world of waters is our home
         And merry men are we.
     There’s a tempest in yon hornéd moon
         And lightning in yon cloud
     But hark the music, mariners!
         The wind is piping loud;
     The wind is piping loud, my boys,
         The lightning flashes free—
     While the hollow oak our palace is
         Our heritage the sea.