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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Poor French Sailor’s Scottish Sweetheart
William Johnson Cory (1823–92)
I CANNOT forget my Joe,
  I bid him be mine in sleep;
But battle and woe have changed him so
  There ’s nothing to do but weep.
My mother rebukes me yet,        5
  And I never was meek before;
His jacket is wet, his lip cold set,
  He ’ll trouble our home no more.
Oh, breaker of reeds that bend!
  Oh, quencher of tow that smokes!        10
I ’d rather descend to my sailor friend
  Than prosper with lofty folks.
I ’m lying beside the gowan,
  My Joe in the English bay;
I ’m Annie Rowan, his Annie Rowan,        15
  He called me his Bien-Aimée.
I ’ll hearken to all you quote,
  Though I ’d rather be deaf and free;
The little he wrote in the sinking boat
  Is Bible and charm for me.        20


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