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Thread #49738   Message #4155584
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
19-Oct-22 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Blow the Man Down
Subject: RE: Origins: Blow the Man Down
“The morrow had come, and the ship had started on her voyage to England. And now it was night, and the moon lit up the scene, making it supremely beautiful. But Sir Francis' eyes were turned inward, reading his heart's book; he saw nothing of his surroundings. Elmer was walking with the Captain, and Cubby and Willet were playing their little romance. The sailors were pulling some ropes and singing the musical tar song the words of which were incomprehensible to all save the singer.

        "Blow the man down, bullies, hey, hey!
        Blow the man down.
        Roll him, groll him, hearties, ho,
        Give me some time to blow the man down.”
[Secrets Told, Cooley, 1879]

Note: Fictional passage from Australia to England.