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  • 25.
    The Yarn of the Nancy Bell

    'Twas on the shores that round our coast
    From Deal to Ramsgate span,
    That I found alone on a piece of stone
    An elderly naval man.

    His hair was weedy, his beard was long,
    And weedy and long was he,
    And I heard this wight on the shore recite,
    In a singular minor key:

    "Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
    And the mate of the NANCY brig,
    And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
    And the crew of the captain's gig."

    And he shook his fists and he tore his hair,
    Till I really felt afraid,
    For I couldn't help thinking the man had been drinking,
    And so I simply said:

    "Oh, elderly man, it's little I know
    Of the duties of men of the sea,
    And I'll eat my hand if I understand
    However you can be

    "At once a cook, and a captain bold,
    And the mate of the NANCY brig,
    And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
    And the crew of the captain's gig."

    Then he gave a hitch to his trousers, which
    Is a trick all seamen larn,
    And having got rid of a thumping quid,
    He spun this painful yarn:

    "'Twas in the good ship NANCY BELL
    That we sailed to the Indian Sea,
    And there on a reef we come to grief,
    Which has often occurred to me.

    "And pretty nigh all the crew was drowned
    (There was seventy-seven o' soul),
    And only ten of the NANCY'S men
    Said 'Here!' to the muster-roll.

    "There was me and the cook and the captain bold,
    And the mate of the NANCY brig,
    And the bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
    And the crew of the captain's gig.

    "For a month we'd neither wittles nor drink,
    Till a-hungry we did feel,
    So we drawed a lot, and, accordin' shot
    The captain for our meal.

    "The next lot fell to the NANCY'S mate,
    And a delicate dish he made;
    Then our appetite with the midshipmite
    We seven survivors stayed.

    "And then we murdered the bo'sun tight,
    And he much resembled pig;
    Then we wittled free, did the cook and me,
    On the crew of the captain's gig.

    "Then only the cook and me was left,
    And the delicate question, 'Which
    Of us two goes to the kettle?' arose,
    And we argued it out as sich.

    "For I loved that cook as a brother, I did,
    And the cook he worshipped me;
    But we'd both be blowed if we'd either be stowed
    In the other chap's hold, you see.

    "'I'll be eat if you dines off me,' says TOM;
    'Yes, that,' says I, 'you'll be, -
    'I'm boiled if I die, my friend,' quoth I;
    And 'Exactly so,' quoth he.

    "Says he, 'Dear JAMES, to murder me
    Were a foolish thing to do,
    For don't you see that you can't cook ME,
    While I can - and will - cook YOU!'

    "So he boils the water, and takes the salt
    And the pepper in portions true
    (Which he never forgot), and some chopped shalot.
    And some sage and parsley too.

    "'Come here,' says he, with a proper pride,
    Which his smiling features tell,
    ''T will soothing be if I let you see
    How extremely nice you'll smell.'

    "And he stirred it round and round and round,
    And he sniffed at the foaming froth;
    When I ups with his heels, and smothers his squeals
    In the scum of the boiling broth.

    "And I eat that cook in a week or less,
    And - as I eating be
    The last of his chops, why, I almost drops,
    For a wessel in sight I see!

    "And I never larf, and I never smile,
    And I never lark nor play,
    But sit and croak, and a single joke
    I have - which is to say:

    "Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
    And the mate of the NANCY brig,
    And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
    And the crew of the captain's gig!'" read more »

  • 26.
    The Ballad Of The Oysterman

    IT was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,
    His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide; read more »

  • 27.
    Agnes Hatot

    When might made right in days of chivalry,
    Hatot and Ringsdale, over claims of land,
    Darkened their lives with stormy enmity,
    And for their cause agreed this test to stand: read more »

  • 28.
    How Oswald Dined with God

    Over Northumbria's lone, gray lands,
    Over the frozen marl,
    Went flying the fogs from the fens and sands,
    And the wind with a wolfish snarl. read more »

  • 29.
    The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

    Hamelin Town's in Brunswick,
    By famous Hanover city;
    The river Weser, deep and wide,
    Washes its wall on the southern side;
    A pleasanter spot you never spied;
    But, when begins my ditty, read more »

  • 30.
    A Tale Of Starvation

    There once was a man whom the gods didn't love,
    And a disagreeable man was he.
    He loathed his neighbours, and his neighbours hated him, read more »

  • 31.
    Pan In Wall Street

    JUST where the Treasury's marble front
    Looks over Wall Street's mingled nations;
    Where Jews and Gentiles most are wont read more »

  • 32.
    The Prisoner of Chillon

    My hair is grey, but not with years,
    Nor grew it white
    In a single night,
    As men's have grown from sudden fears: read more »

  • 33.
    The Witch's Daughter

    It was the pleasant harvest time,
    When cellar-bins are closely stowed,
    And garrets bend beneath their load, read more »

  • 34.
    Paul Revere's Ride (The Landlord's Tale)

    Listen, my children, and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in 'Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive read more »

  • 35.
    The Battle of Blenheim

    It was a summer evening;
    Old Kaspar’s work was done,
    And he before his cottage door
    Was sitting in the sun; read more »

  • 36.
    Arnold von Winkelried

    'Make way for liberty!' he cried,
    Make way for liberty, and died.
    In arms the Austrian phalanx stood,
    A living wall, a human wood,— read more »

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