Verse > Anthologies > Harriet Monroe, ed. > Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 1912–22
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The King of Spain’s Daughter and the Diver
By Edward Sapir, trans.
 
From “French-Canadian Folk-songs”

THE KING of Spain his daughter,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
Will have a trade be taught her,
        Sail, O mariner!
Will have a trade be taught her,        5
        Sail, O mariner!
 
And she’s to beat the wash,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
To beat and scald and splash,
        Sail, O mariner!        10
 
She’s given a beater for smashing,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
And a fine bench for the washing,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
At the first good rapping she—        15
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
Her gold ring drops in the sea,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
She fell to earth in a heap,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!        20
And set herself to weep,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
Is passing now right here,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
Her gentle cavalier,        25
        Sail, O mariner!
 
“And what would you give to me,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
If I looked for it out in the sea?”
        Sail, O mariner!        30
 
“A sweet little kiss,” said she,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
“Or two, if you wish, or three.”
        Sail, O mariner!
 
Undresses him eagerly,        35
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
And dives down into the sea,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
With his first dive and tumble,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!        40
The sea is all in a jumble,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
With his second dive as he sank,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
The ring went clink and clank,        45
        Sail, O mariner!
 
With his third dive down,
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
He stays in the sea to drown,
        Sail, O mariner!        50
 
Standing the window by
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
His mother does naught but cry,
        Sail, O mariner!
 
“Is there any maid so renowned,        55
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
My son must needs be drowned?
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!
My son must needs be drowned?”
        Sail, O mariner—oh, sail!        60
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors