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Lyr Add: The Phoenician Merchant Tar

Haruo 11 Oct 00 - 11:16 AM
MMario 11 Oct 00 - 11:42 AM
Haruo 11 Oct 00 - 11:47 AM
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From: Haruo
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:16 AM


(Leland Bryant Ross)

Some boast of Boston whalers, and some of Heyerdahl,
Of fearsome Viking sailors, of clipper ships and tall,
But of all the world's seagoing men the bravest man, by fa-ar,
Was that round-boat, trireme-rowing man, the Phœnician merchant tar!

Whene'er his job demahnded that he cleave a hurricane,
With doughty heart undaunted he'd cleave that storm in twain —
With one eye fixed on Ashtoreth and one upon the polar sta-ar,
Pulling feats to make one catch her breath, the Phœnician merchant tar!

His courage wouldn't falter, come lightning, Leviathan or hail,
Or pirates based in Malta : he'd his faith in Ashtoreth and Baal.
He'd trust in mighty Moloch, and row from Crete to Gibraltá-ar,
With the floorboards in a toelock, the Phœnician merchant tar!

This is part (between Jonah 1:7 and 1:8) of my "comic worship oratorio" Jonah was a prophet (minor), 1997, © Liland Brajant Ros'. The so-called oratorio is a bit misleadingly subtitled Gilbert & Sullivan meet God Almighty — the G&S component is quite small, basically limited to two components, "Bow, bow, ye Ninevitic masses (Tan-tan-ta-ra Tzing-boom)!" and "'Neath a tree by a river a prophet of God" (the latter to Tit-Willow). The rest is mostly hymnic. The "oratorio" has been performed twice, and may be again sometime.

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song title on the first line IN ALL CAPS songwriter name (in parentheses) on the second line skip a pace then the lyrics then any notes and then finish off with your initials

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Subject: RE: Lyrics Add: The Phoenician Merchant Tar
From: MMario
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:42 AM

I like this! I mean I really like this!

May I steal....uhmmmm, use this?

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Subject: RE: Lyrics Add: The Phoenician Merchant Tar
From: Haruo
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:47 AM

Sure MMario, but if you make any money off it, send me some. ;-) And if you print it, please mention me (Liland or Leland, either's fine) and perpetuate the copyright notice just in case...

And my initials are LBR. (I forgot to add them at the bottom per the format guidelines.)


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