by Cicely Fox Smith (1882 - 1954)

A sea burthen
Language: English 
A ship swinging as the tide swings up and down,
And men's voices singing
East away, O! West away
And a very long way from London Town,
A very long way from London Town.

A lantern glowing and the stars looking down,
And the [sea smells blowing]1
East away, O! West away
And a very long way from London Town,
A very long way, a long way from London Town.

Lights in wild weather from a tavern window old and brown,
And men singing together, men singing together,
East away, O! West away
And a very long way from London Town,
A very long way, a long way from London Town.

A ship swinging as the tide swings up and down,
And men's voices singing
East away, O! West away
And a very long way from London Town,
A very long way from London Town.

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1 Head, and later editions of Smith's poem: "sea-swells flowing"

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Researcher for this text: Thomas Dymit

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