Tom Deadlight

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Farewell and adieu to you noble hearties,--
  Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain,
For I've received orders for to sail for the
  But hope with the grand fleet to see you

I have hove my ship to, with main-top-sail
  aback, boys;
  I have hove my ship to, for the strike
  soundings clear--
The black scud a'flying; but, by God's blessing,
  dam' me,
  Right up the Channel for the Deadman I'll

I have worried through the waters that are
  called the Doldrums,
  And growled at Sargasso that clogs while ye
Blast my eyes, but the light-ship is hid by the
  mist, lads:--
  _Flying Dutchman_--odds bobbs--off the
  Cape of Good Hope!

But what's this I feel that is fanning my cheek,
  The white goney's wing?--how she rolls!--
  't is the Cape!--
Give my kit to the mess, Jock, for kin none is
  mine, none;
  And tell _Holy Joe_ to avast with the crape.

Dead reckoning, says _Joe_, it won't do to go by;
  But they doused all the glims, Matt, in sky
  t' other night.
Dead reckoning is good for to sail for the
  And Tom Deadlight he thinks it may reckon
  near right.

The signal!--it streams for the grand fleet to
  The captains--the trumpets--the hullabaloo!
Stand by for blue-blazes, and mind your
  For the Lord High Admiral, he's squinting
  at you!

But give me my _tot_, Matt, before I roll over;
  Jock, let's have your flipper, it's good for to
And don't sew me up without _baccy_ in mouth,
  And don't blubber like lubbers when I turn
  up my keel.

© Herman Melville