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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Boy In Blue'
THE BOY IN BLUE.
Cheer up, cheer up, my mother dear,
O why do you sit and weep?
Forsakes on the deep?
That sees the bark set sail;
O why do you turn so pale ?
'Tis an English ship and an English crew,
O wonder not, that next to thee,
1 love the galloping wave,
'Tis the first of coursers wild and free,
And only carries the brave ;
It has borne me nigh to the dark lee shore,
And a light with the sea in its angry roar
The storm was long, but it found me true,
So mother be proud of your boy in blue.
And if the breakers fill our ship
And your boy goes down in the foam
Is a prayer for those at home.
A voice in the anchor chain,
That whispered, like a fairy bird,
The bark will soon come back again.
Probable period of publication:
1880-1900 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(60a)