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Thread #161913   Message #3851134
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Apr-17 - 01:51 AM
Thread Name: DTStudy: The Sailor's Prayer (Rod MacDonald)
Subject: RE: DTStudy: The Sailor's Prayer (Rod MacDonald)
(Rod McDonald)

Though my sails be torn and tattered and the mast be turned about
Let the night wind chill me to my very soul
Though the spray might sting my eye and the stars no light provide
Give me just another morning light to hold

And I will not lie me down, this rain a-raging
I will not lie me down in such a storm
And if this night be unblessed, I shall not take my rest
Till I reach another shore

Though the only water left is but salt to wound my thirst
I will drink the rain that falls so steady down
And though night's blindness be my gift and there be thieves upon my drift
I will praise this fog that shelters me along

And though my mates be drained and weary and believe their hopes are lost
There's no need for their bones on that blackened bottom
And though death waits just off the bow, they shall not answer to him now
He shall stand to face the morning without us.

Source: Rise Up Singing Songbook, page 206
© 1988, 1992, 2004 by the Sing Out Corporation

from Joe: this version is a mix between the Sing Out! and Digital Tradition versions.

I wish I could find a version from MacDonald himself.