John Masefield



              Captain Stratton's Fancy


                   Oh some are fond of red wine, and some are fond of white,
                   And some are all for dancing by the pale moonlight:
                   But rum alones the tipple, and the hearts delight
                   Of the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some are fond of Spanish wine, and some are fond of French,
                   And somell swallow tay and stuff fit only for a wench;
                   But Im for right Jamaica till I roll beneath the bench,
                   Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some are for the lily, and some are for the rose,
                   But I am for the sugar-cane that in Jamaica grows;
                   For its that that makes the bonny drink to warm my copper nose,
                   Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some are fond of fiddles, and a song well sung,
                   And some are all for music for to lilt upon the tongue;
                   But mouths were made for tankards, and for sucking at the bung,
                   Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some are fond of dancing, and some are fond of dice,
                   And some are all for red lips, and pretty lasses eyes;
                   But a right Jamaica puncheon is a finer prize
                   To the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some thats good and godly ones they hold that its a sin
                   To troll the jolly bowl around, and let the dollars spin;
                   But Im for toleration and for drinking at an inn,
                   Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

                   Oh some are sad and wretched folk that go in silken suits,
                   And theres a mort of wicked rogues that live in good reputes;
                   So Im for drinking honestly, and dying in my boots,
                   Like an old bold mate of Henry Morgan.

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