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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 me on the deep ?
That sees the bark set sail;
O, why do you turn so pale ?
So mother be proud of your boy in blue.
O wodder not that, next to thee
I love the galloping wave,
And only carries the brave ;
But we struggled heart and hand,
Shames all your strife on land.
And if the breakers kill our ship,
And your boy goes down in the foam,
Is a prayer for those at home.
But come, cheer up! methinks I heard
A voice in the anchor-chain
But never weep for your boy in blue.
God bless you, mother; adieu, adieu !
Probable period of publication:
1880-1900 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(60b)