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THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.

Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,

 And that was to tingle his bell.


He was thoughtful and grave—but the orders he gave

 Were enough to bewilder a crew.

When he cried "Steer to starboard, but keep her head larboard!"

 What on earth was the helmsman to do?


Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:

 A thing, as the Bellman remarked,

That frequently happens in tropical climes,

 When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked."