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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
A. Cunningham
 
CCV. "A wet sheet and a flowing sea"
 
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,         5
  While like the eagle free 
Away the good ship flies, and leaves 
  Old England on the lee. 
  
"O for a soft and gentle wind!" 
  I heard a fair one cry:  10
But give to me the snoring 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,  15
  And merry men are we. 
  
There's tempest in yon hornèd moon, 
  And lightning in yon cloud: 
But hark the music, mariners! 
  The wind is piping loud;  20
The wind is piping loud, my boys, 
  The lightning flashes free— 
While the hollow oak our palace is, 
  Our heritage the sea. 
 
 
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