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A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea
As sung by Mr. Howard
Written by Allan Cunningham
The music composed & dedicated to Richard B. Taylor by M. S.

Baltimore. Published by G. Willig Jr.

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A wet sheet and a flowing sea
A wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast and bends the gallant mast, my boys
While like an eagle free away the good ship flies
And leaves Columbia on our lee
Away the good ship flies And leaves Columbia on our lee

O for a soft and gentle wind
I heard a fair one cry
But give to me the roaring breeze
And white waves heaving high
And white waves heaving high my boys
The good ship tight and free
The world of waters is our home
And merry men are we

There's tempest in you horned moon
And lightning in you cloud
And hark the music, mariners
The wind is piping loud
The wind is piping loud my boys
The lightning flashes free
While the hollow oak our palace is
Our heritage the Sea



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