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ADMIRAL, HAIL!, by            
First Line: Admiral, admiral
Last Line: Freedom and peace is the end of your quest!
Subject(s): Adventure & Adventurers; Explorers; Sailing & Sailors; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Seamen; Sails


Admiral, admiral,
Sailing your caraval
Into the west,
What will you find as the end of your quest?

For your king Ferdinand
Here was a goodly land,
India the old;
Balm-breathing spice groves and rivers of gold.

Admiral, admiral,
Sailing your caraval
Into the blue,
Greater your gift to your king than you knew!

Did you dream, admiral,
Sailing your caraval,
Honor and fame,
Blazoning titles might rest on your name?

You found, nor fame nor gold;
A dungeon deep and cold.
A vast domain
Weaves still its thought in the words of old Spain?

Adventurer supreme,
The fabric of your dream
An alien race
Buildeth, though far remote of tongue and place.

Not in vain admiral,
Sailing your caraval
Into the west:
Freedom and peace is the end of your quest!





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