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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4646
AUTHOR:Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)
QUOTATION:Spanking Jack was so comely, so pleasant, so jolly,
  Though winds blew great guns, still he ’d whistle and sing;
Jack loved his friend, and was true to his Molly,
  And if honour gives greatness, was great as a king.
ATTRIBUTION:The Sailor’s Consolation. 1
 
Note 1.
A song with this title, beginning, “One night came on a hurricane,” was written by William Pitt, of Malta, who died in 1840. [back]
 

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