The Newfoundland Dog (Frederick W N Bailey)

Life saver! Wave stemmer! Deep diver! Away!
Night's shadows are closing the portals of day;
On the breast of the billow we hear his low wail,
We have put up the rudder, and furl'd up the sail.

No signal from Heaven will show where he be,
And where e'er he be driven we men cannot see;
Ho! Carlo! Newfoundland! Go follow his cry,
As it gaspingly answers the sea moaner's sigh.

The boat shall be lower'd, the men shall belay,
Life saver! Wave stemmer! Deep diver, away!
Away! Fetch him out! Fetch him up! Seize him! Ho!
Mount the wave, dog! Ha! Down, down below!

Hark! Watch! Bear a hand, bring a light.

Not a sound, bring a light. Hark! There's a moan,
Yes, the waves moaning over the drown'd;
God's spirit preserve him, amen and amen!
Hist! A flash and a motion. Ha! Carlo, Ha! Carlo, again.

Good dog, then, good dog, then.
Bear a hand, then pull tight;
A boat hook, a boat hook, he's in and all right.
Come, Carlo, quick, follow, fine fellow, hard strife,
Wave stemmer! Deep diver! We owe you a life.

####.... Frederic William Naylor Bailey [1808-1853] from Scenes and Stories by a Clergyman in Debt Vol 1, 1843, written during his confinement in the debtors' prisons. Melody by Henry Russell [1812-1900]....####


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