The Sailor's Farewell

A CHANTEY

Oh, what will you do, my own love,
When you go down to sea?
— I'll pull upon the halyards
At portside and at lee.

And is there nothing else, love?
— I'll climb the whistling shrouds
And sing, and take in sky-sails
Away up in the clouds.

There's something you've forgotten! ...
— I'll walk my watch by night
While all the stars of heaven
Lean over, height on height.

Is this the way you leave me?
O love, you break my heart!
— I've hugged you and I've kissed you,
How else may lovers part?

If you have nothing better! ...
— I'll wear upon my breast
The picture that you gave me
And say your love is best.

At halyards and at sky-sails,
At watch, both night and day! ...
AT LAST YOU'VE SAID THE RIGHT WORDS
I WANTED YOU TO SAY !
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