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XXXV. The Old Navy

The captain stood by the carronade :1 " First lieutenant," 2 says
he,
" Send all my merry men aft 3 here, for they must list 4 to Me;
I haven't the gift of the gab,5 my sons-because I'm bred to the
sea ; 6
That ship there is a Frenchman, who means to fight with we7
And odds bobs,8 hammer and tongs,9 long as I've been
to sea,10
I've fought 'gainst every odds"-but I've gained the victory !
"That ship there is a Frenchman, and if we don't take she,12
'Tis a thousand bullets 13 to one, that she will capture we; 14
I haven't the gift of the gab, my boys ; so each man to his gun ; 15
If she's not mine in half an hour, I'll flog 16 each mother's son.
For odds bobs, hammer and tongs, long as I've been to
sea,
I've fought 'gainst every odds-and I've gained the victory ! "
We fought for twenty minutes, when the Frenchman had enough ;
" I little thought," said he, "that your men were made of such
stuff ; " 17
Our captain took the Frenchman's sword, a low bow ls made to he;
" I haven't the gift of the gab, monsieur,19 but polite 20 I wish to be.
And odds bobs, hammer and tongs, long as I've been to sea,
I've fought 'gainst every odds-and I've gained the victory ! "
Our captain sent for all of us: "My merry men," said he,
" I haven't the gift of the gab, my lads, but yet I thankful be; 21
You've done your duty 22 handsomely,23 each man stood to his
gun;
If you hadn't, you villains,24 as sure as day, I'd have flogged
each mother's son.
For odds bobs, hammer and tongs, as long as I'm at sea,
I'll fight 'gainst every odds-and I'll gain the victory !"
F. MARRYAT.

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1 A kind of gun, first made at Carron (in Scotland) in 1779. 2 An officer. 3 In or near the stern (back of a ship). 4 An old form of : listen. 5 I am not clever at speaking; it has not been given to me. Gift, v. to give. Gab, cp. to gabble, to talk very fast. 6 I am a seaman. Sailors do not speak much. 7 This should be : with us. 8 An exclamation (v. to exclaim). 11! 11 is the sign of exclamation. (9. lo. 11 See next page.) 9 These words are also part of the exclamation. When we want to put a piece of coal on the fire, we do not take it up with our fingers, because that would make them black ; we use the tongs. 10 During all the time that I have been a sailor. 11 Even when the odds were against me, even when I had a smaller ship and fewer men than the enemy. The odds are two to one : there are two on one side and one on the other. 12 Should be : her. Sailors say "she" of a ship, not " ° it." 13 We shoot with bullets (of metal). 14 Should be : us. 15 Let each man go to his gun, take his place beside his gun. 16 Or: beat. 17 So brave. 18 When we meet a lady in the street, we take off our hats and we bow. 19 The French word for "sir." The captain said: [masu :]. 20 He showed that he was polite by bowing.21 Should be : am. 22 Our duty is what we ought to do. "England expects every man to do his duty," said Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar. 23 Or: well, 24 A villain is really a man who has done a very bad action. The captain is not using the word seriously here.

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