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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

THE DYNASTS                     ACT v
FIRST BURGHER Where's the Captain now ?
SECOND BOATMAN (nodding in the direction of Captain Hardy's house)
Down at home here biding with his own folk a bit I zid en walking with them on the Esplanade yesterday. He looks ten years older than he did when he went. Ay—he brought the galliant hero home !
SECOND BURGHER
Now how did they bring him home so that he could lie in state afterwards to the naked eye!
FIRST BOATMAN Well, as they always do,—in a cask of sperrits.
SECOND BURGHER Really, now!
FIRST BOATMAN (lowering his voice)
But what happened was this. They were a long time coming, owing to contrary winds, and the " Victory " being little more than a wreck. And grog ran short, because they'd used near all they had to peckle his body in. So—they broached the Adm'I!
SECOND BURGHER How?
FIRST BOATMAN
Well; the plain calendar of it is, that when he came to be unhooped, it was found that the crew had drunk him dry. What was the men to do ? Broke down by the battle, and hardly able to keep afloat, Was a most defendable thing, and it fairly saved their lives. So