by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

I shall no more to sea, to sea
Language: English 
[I shall no more to sea, to sea,
Here shall I die ashore --]1
This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's
funeral: well, here's my comfort.]2



 The master, the swabber,  the boatswain, and I,
 The gunner and his mate
 Loved Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery,
 But none of us cared for Kate;
 For she had a tongue with a tang,
 Would cry to a sailor, 'Go hang!'
 She loved not the savour of tar nor of pitch,
 Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch:
 Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang!
 [This is a scurvy tune too: but here's my comfort.]2

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