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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Three Poor Mariners
By Thomas Ravenscroft (1592?–1635?)
 
WE be three poor mariners,
  Newly come from the seas;
We spend our lives in jeopardy,
  While others live at ease.
Shall we go dance the round, the round,        5
  Shall we go dance the round?
And he that is a bully boy
  Come pledge me on this ground.
 
We care not for those martial men
  That do our states disdain;        10
But we care for the merchant men
  Who do our states maintain:
To them we dance this round, around,
  To them we dance this round;
And he that is a bully boy        15
  Come pledge me on this ground.
 
 
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