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

SCENE vu                  PART FIRST
he was their salvation after death as he had been in the fight. If he could have knowed it, 'twould have pleased him down to the ground! How 'a would have laughed through the spigot-hole: "Draw on, my hearties!" Better I shrivel than you famish." Ha-ha !
SECOND BURGHER
It may be defendable afloat; but it seems queer ashore.
FIRST BOATMAN
Well, that's as I had it from one that knows—Bob Loveday of Overcombe—one of the " Victory " men that's going to walk in the funeral. However, let's touch a livelier string. Peter Green, strike up that new ballet that they've lately had prented here, and were hawking about town last market-day.
SECOND BOATMAN
With all my heart. Though my wyndpipe's a bit clogged since the wars have made beer so mortal small!
SONG
THE   NIGHT  OF   TRAFALGAR
In the wild October night-time, when the wind raved
round the land, And the Back-sea1 met the Front-sea, and our doors
were blocked with sand, And we heard the drub of Dead-man's Bay, where
bones of thousands are, We  knew  not  what  the  day had   done  for  us  at
Trafalgar.
1 In those days the hind-part of the harbour adjoining this scene was so named, and at high tides the waves washed across the isthmus at a point called "The Narrows.
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