John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Charles Dibdin. (17451814)
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 Sailors 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]