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Tune Req: The Cyprian

GUEST,Gadaffi 03 May 07 - 07:45 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 03 May 07 - 12:42 PM
GUEST 07 Apr 10 - 07:43 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: The Cyprian
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 03 May 07 - 07:45 AM

I came across the words of a song performed in the Chatham music halls around the turn of last century. The story of the tragedy is found elsewhere on the 'net.
One line is missing, and I'm trying to locate a tune. British Library and RVW Library hold no clues. Can anyone help?

Caernarvon Bay

There was a sadness round the fireside in many a home one day
When news of a gallant ship lost in Caernarvon Bay
The news it swept around us like a message from the grave
How the gallant ship The Cyprian found at last a watery grave.

The sea beat o'er the vessel's deck as a hopeless wreck she lay
And the crew were all despairing on that wild October day
The skipper looked around him but no other sight could see
Save the bounding of the billows and the rocks upon his lee.

Then he turned to his brave seamen as he scanned the raging waves
Says he: 'All hope has left us we must swim our lives to save.'
He was putting on his lifebelt when the form first met his sight
It was the crouching trembling form of a little stowaway.

His heart seemed touched within him at that wild despairing cry
(line missing?)
For he said: 'Here lad, take this belt. Your life perhaps 'twill save
Whilst as for me I'll do my best to battle with the waves.'

It was a wild and fearful conflict that fight for daring life
And many a noble mariner perished in the strife
The noble-hearted skipper who dared the boisterous waves
Lost his life in that fierce conflict whilst the stowaway was saved.

Oh tell me not 'tis the battle field the most glorious deeds are done,
And in the pomp and strife of war the noblest laurels won.
There never was a nobler action recorded in minstrel lay
Than the skipper of The Cyprian when he saved that stowaway
Yes in memory long it will linger that story of the wave
Of the gallant ship The Cyprian and her skipper true and brave.

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Cyprian
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 May 07 - 12:42 PM

The story is here, for those that are interested:
Cyprian 1881
What is the source for your lyrics?

Not in Stone, Sea Songs and Ballads, Oxford, 1906

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Cyprian
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 07:43 AM

Hi, I know it's been ages since this was first poszted but... where did you get the lyrics? I have just been trying to decipher the old script of something similar and think that they are different versions of the same song.

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