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Ballads of Lost Haven (A Book of the Sea) (Paperback)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE NANCY'S PRIDE On the long slow heave of a lazy sea, To the flap of an idle sail, The Nancy's Pride went out on the tide; And the skipper stood by the rail. All down, all down by the sleepy town, With the hollyhocks a-row In the little poppy gardens, The sea had her in tow. They let her slip by the breathing rip, Where the bell is never still, And over the sounding harbor bar, And under the harbor hill. She melted into the dreaming noon, Out of the drowsy land, In sight of a flag of goldy hair, To the kiss of a girlish hand. For the lass who hailed the lad who sailed, Was — who but his April bride? And of all the fleet of Grand Latite, Her pride was the Nancy's Pride. So the little vessel faded down With her creaking boom a-swing, Till a wind from the deep came up with a creep, And caught her wing and wing. She made for the lost horizon line, Where the clouds a-castled lay, While the boil and seethe of the open sea Hung on her frothing way. . She lifted her hull like a breasting gull Where the rolling valleys be, And dipped where the shining porpoises Put ploughshares through the sea. A fading sail on the far sea-line, About the turn of the tide, As she made for the Banks on her maiden cruise, Was the last of the Nancy's Pride. To-day a boy with goldy hair, In a garden of Grand Latite, From his mother's knee looks out to sea For the coming of the fleet. They all may home on a sleepy tide, To the flap of the idle sail; But it's never again the Nancy's Pride That answers a human hail. They all may home on a sleepy tide To the sag of an idle sheet; But it's never again the Nancy's Pride That draws men down the street. On the Banks to-night a fearsome sight The fishermen behold, Keeping the ghost watch in th...

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