A Treasury of Humorous Poetry by Frederic Lawrence Knowles

By Frederic Lawrence Knowles

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Then he gave a hitch to his trousers, which Is a trick all seamen larn, And having got rid of a thumping quid, He spun this painful yarn: " 'Twas in the good ship Nancy Bell That we sailed to the Indian Sea, And there on a reef we come to grief, Which has often occurred to me. " And pretty nigh all the crew was drowned (There was seventy-seven o' soul), And only ten of the Nancy's men Said 'here' to the muster-roll. " There was me and the cook and the captain bold, And the mate of the Nancy brig, And the bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite, And the crew of the captain's gig.

Now, somehow, sir, it seems to me, More friendly-like we all should be If you united of 'em to Unmarried members of the crew. 28 A TREASURY OF HUMOROUS POETRY " If you'd ameliorate our life, Let each select from them a wife; And as for nervous me, old pal, Give me your own enchanting gal! " Good Captain Reece, that worthy man, Debated on his coxswain's plan: " I quite agree," he said, " O Bill; It is my duty, and I will. " My daughter, that enchanting gurl, Has just been promised to an earl, And all my other familee To peers of various degree.

H e was adored by all his men, For worthy Captain Reece, R. , Did all that lay within him to Promote the comfort of his crew. If ever they were dull or sad, Their captain danced to them like mad, Or told, to make the time pass by, Droll legends of his infancy. A feather bed had every man, Warm- slippers and hot-water can, Brown Windsor from the captain's store, A valet, too, to every four. Did they with thirst in summer burn? Lo, seltzogenes at every turn, Holmes A TREASURY OF HUMOROUS POETRY And on all very sultry days Cream ices handed round on trays.

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