Mow many remember !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. A Matelot's farewell to his Tot

    You soothed my nerves and warmed my limbs,
    And cheered my dismal heart,
    Procured my wants, obliged my whims,
    And now its time to part.
    Mid endless perils of the deep
    And miseries untold,
    You summoned sweet forgetful sleep,
    Cocooned me from the cold.

    Ten years ago the "Pound of Leaf"
    That cast its fragrant spell
    About the ship, expired in grief
    And "dashness" of farewell.
    Though guests might find the pantry bare,
    Whene'er they chose to come,
    Your hospitality was there:
    A tot of pusser's rum.

    Two hundred years and more you filled
    The storm-tossed sailor's need.
    Now you've been killed by spite distilled
    From jealousy and greed;
    And pretty clerks with scrawny necks
    Who never saw a wave,
    Nor felt the spray or heaving decks,
    Consign you to your grave.

    Alas, however I protest
    To save myself from hurt,
    They tell me that it's for the best
    To keep us all alert.
    And so the time has come, Old Friend,
    To take the final sup.
    Our tears are shed, this is the end,
    Goodbye, and bottoms up.


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