The Adventures of Johnny Newcome in the Navy: A Poem, in Four Cantos

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Methuen and Company, 1904 - Sailors - 246 pages
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Page 108 - To read i' th' berth — for what with shying Hats about — and playing flutes, Backgammon — boxing — cleaning boots, And other such polite pursuits. Skylarking — eating — singing — swigging, And arguments about the rigging, ' This mast how taut,' ' That sail how square,' All study had been fruitless there.
Page 136 - Love, and Agency. Our Hero often had a job To keep the ship clear of the mob, And found it not a trifling bore When sent on duty to the shore To seek the Boats' Crews out, and fag Through Mutton Cove, or Castle-Rag.
Page 146 - An Interlude was cut and dry ; ' And an Occasional Address, ' All, for the purpose writ express.' — The Daggerwood's request was granted ; For 'twas just what the Reefers wanted. The Day arrived — In gallant style The Tars rolled on in rank and file, With Fiddles squeaking loud before them, And Colours flying proudly o'er them. Their very fame insured a...
Page 122 - Our Frigate's kites were just ta'en in, When he thought proper to begin. — His Broadside made a precious row, As she bore down, against her bow ; But when she quietly had got Her distance, scarce a pistol shot Upon his weather beam, why then, Our Frigate talked to him again. — Upon the...
Page 88 - ... dish-clout, And in the lieu of some old rug Or swab, 'twas used for scuttle plug ; In which capacity 'twas fated To serve until it moderated. — Drenched, hungry, tired, John wished for close Of day, that he might get repose ; But when he did his hammock seek, 'Twas wringing wet through, from the leak.
Page 82 - ... such a screeching still did keep The Beams and Guns, he could not sleep, He yawned and turned times without number, In feverish, restless, painful slumber; The tween-decks too was stifling hot, And John a midship birth had got ; Just o'er his head there was a leak Which often dripped upon his cheek ; Then water down the hatchways gushing, And chests adrift athwart-ships rushing, And clanking Pumps, and tones like thunder, Exclaiming — ' Bouse ! ' or,
Page 148 - Poet's fustian Set all their fervour in combustion. They shouted, stamp'd, hurrah'd, and clapped, And cudgels on the benches rapped : In short, Sir, much our hearts were eased, Could you so easily be pleased. — — —See! gaily up into the Slips, Our Hero 'mong his...
Page 85 - ... instant turned on deck ; From hammock starting out alert, Up flew each seaman in his shirt ! John said it really did him good To see their reckless hardihood ; — And up the straining shrouds they swarm, Growling and swearing at the storm The wreck secured, or cut away, She snug beneath a treysail lay.
Page 86 - She snug beneath a treysail lay. At eight, in spite of John's alarm, Breakfast he thought would do no harm, But sorry was he, and surprised, To find the Tea-kettle capsized, The water pouring all about, Had put the swinging stove quite out : ' Tis useless fretting,' John did cry — ' 33 we 've got for Dinner a Sea-pie.
Page 49 - Just a wee drap o" saut water, And if a piece o' fat pork, after, Tied in a string ye tak' and swallow, Ye'll find that mickle change will follow " ; and did not listen to the suggestion, always gravely offered, that the sufferer should make his will, which did not seem amiss, so awful were the pangs of that first hour when the novice was afraid he would die — and the...

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