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First Line: Captain bing was a pirate king
Last Line: It took him unawares!
Alternate Author Name(s): Baum, L. Frank
Subject(s): Disasters; Pirates; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Shipwrecks; Treasures; Piracy; Buccaneers; Seamen; Sails; Ocean

CAPTAIN BING was a pirate king
And sailed the broad seas o'er;
On many a lark he had sailed his bark
Where none had sailed before,
And filled his hold so full of gold
That it would hold no more.

The sea was smooth and so, forsooth,
They took a bit of leisure.
And all the crew, good men and true,
A hornpipe danced for pleasure,
And had their fling, while Captain Bing
Kept watch above the treasure.

The wind it blew, and all the crew
Were sorry that it blew so;
If they were wrecked they might expect
To share the fate of Crusoe,
And ride the spars like jolly tars —
All shipwrecked men must do so.

The gale it roared, and all on board
Began to say their prayers,
And Captain Bing commenced to sing
To drown his many cares;
But when he found that he was drowned
It took him unawares!

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