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Excerpt from Salt-Water Poems and Ballads
The foremast broke; "Lord, what a handsome ship she be!"; It blew like the Bull of Barney, a beast of a breeze; 'N' the ninth night out, in the middle-watch, I woke from a pleasant dream; Yonder, round and ruddy, is the mellow old moon; Out beyond the sunset, could I but find the way; I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky; The bursting west was like an opening flower; So the night passed, but then no morning broke; They heard the launch men shout; Came to an anchor near us on the flood; "Put back with all her sails gone," went the word
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