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THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.

Some jokes he had kept for a season of woe—

 But the crew would do nothing but groan.


He served out some grog with a liberal hand,

 And bade them sit down on the beach:

And they could not but own that their Captain looked grand,

 As he stood and delivered his speech.


"Friends, Romans, and countrymen, lend me your ears!"

 (They were all of them fond of quotations:

So they drank to his health, and they gave him three cheers,

 While he served out additional rations).