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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: “Marchaunt Adventurers”
By Alfred Noyes (1880–1958)
 
From ‘Flos Mercatorum’ in ‘Tales of the Mermaid Tavern’

MARCHAUNT Adventurers, O, what shall it profit you
  Thus to seek your kingdom in the dream-destroying sun?
Ask us why the hawthorn brightens on the sky-line:
  Even so our sails break out when Spring is well begun!
Flos Mercatorum! Blossom wide, ye sail of Englande,        5
  Hasten ye the kingdom, now the bitter days are done!
Ay, for we be members, one of another,
  “Each for all and all for each,” quoth Richard Whittington!
 
Chorus:  Marchaunt Adventurers,
        Marchaunt Adventurers,        10
  Marchaunt Adventurers, the Spring is well begun!
Break, break out on every sea, O, fair white sails of Englande!
  “Each for all, and all for each,” quoth Richard Whittington.
 
Marchaunt Adventurers, O what ’ull ye bring home again?
  Woonders and works and the thunder of the sea!        15
Whom will ye traffic with? The King of the sunset!—
  What shall be your pilot, then?—A wind from Galilee!
—Nay, but ye be marchaunts, will ye come back empty-handed?—
  Ay, we be marchaunts, though our gain we ne’er shall see!
Cast we now our bread upon the waste wild waters;        20
  After many days it shall return with usury.
 
Chorus:  Marchaunt Adventurers,
        Marchaunt Adventurers,
  What shall be your profit in the mighty days to be?
Englande! Englande! Englande! Englande!        25
  Glory everlasting and the lordship of the sea.
 
 
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