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First Line: A wet sheet and a flowing sea
Last Line: Our heritage the sea.
Variant Title(s): At Sea
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


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,
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;
But give to me the snoring breeze
And white waves heaving high, my boys,
The good ship tight and free;
The world of waters is our home,
And merry men are we.
There's tempest in yon horned moon,
And lightning in yon cloud;
And hark the music, mariners!
The wind is piping loud, --
The wind is piping loud, my boys,
The lightning flashing free;
While the hollow oak our palace is,
Our heritage the sea.




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