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THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.

But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,

 And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,

Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,

 That the ship would not travel due West!


But the danger was past—they had landed at last,

 With their boxes, portmanteaus, and bags:

Yet at first sight the crew were not pleased with the view,

 Which consisted of chasms and crags.


The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,

 And repeated in musical tone