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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Charles Dibdin. (1745–1814)
 
 
1
    There ’s a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft,
To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.
          Poor Jack.
2
    Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle?
He was all for love, and a little for the bottle.
          Captain Wattle and Miss Roe.
3
    His form was of the manliest beauty,
  His heart was kind and soft;
Faithful below he did his duty,
  But now he ’s gone aloft.
          Tom Bowling.
4
    For though his body ’s under hatches,
  His soul has gone aloft.
          Tom Bowling.
5
    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.
          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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