Some Ballads And Songs Of The Sea Part II

By John Leyland, published July 1922

Abstract

Regret for the dead, separation, love and homecoming are recounted. The Late Unfortunate “Royal George”, written in 1782, reviews the drowning of Kempenfeldt and four hundred men. The sailors’ constancy for Poll, Sue or Nancy when away at sea is recalled in War’s Alarms written in 1795, and in Charming Sue, published in 1786. Essentially the seaman has remained little changed through the centuries. In these ballads, he is the same breezy fellow, endowed with courage, resource, loyalty, devotion, and cheerfulness in his duty, as always, and constant in his affection and love of home.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea

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