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The Larboard Watch
Answer to "All's Well"
T. Williams

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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At dreary midnight's cheerless hour,
Deserted e'en by Cynthia's beams,
When tempests beat and torrents pour,
And twinkling stars no longer gleam;
The wearied sailor spent with toil,
And still the lengthened hour to guile,
Sings as he views the gath'ring clouds,
Sings as he views the gath'ring clouds,
Larboard watch Ahoy! Larborad watch Ahoy!

With anxious care he eyes each wave,
That swelling threatens to o'erwhelm,
And his storm beaten bark to save,
Directs with skill the faithful helm;
With joy he drinks the cheering grog,
With joy he heaves the reeling log,
And marks the leeway and the course,
Marks the leeway and the course,
Larboard watch &c.

But who can speak the joy he feels,
While o'er the foam and vessel reels,
And his tir'd eyelids slumb'ring fall,
He rouses at the welcome call
Of Larboard watch Ahoy! Larboard watch,
Larboard watch, Larboard watch Ahoy!



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