A Mainsail Haul

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A MAINSAIL HAUL
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A MAINSAIL
HAUL

BY

JOHN MASEFIELD



FRONTISPIECE BY
JACK B. YEATS


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LONDON
ELKIN MATHEWS, CORK STREET
M CM XIII

First Published June 1st, 1905
Second Edition, Revised
and much Enlarged
July 1913


All Rights Reserved

I yarned with ancient shipmen beside the galley range
And some were fond of women, but all were fond of change;
They sang their quavering chanties, all in a fo'c's'le drone,
And I was finely suited, if I had only known.

I rested in an ale-house that had a sanded floor,
Where seamen sat a-drinking and chalking up the score;
They yarned of ships and mermaids, of topsail sheets and slings,
But I was discontented; I looked for better things.

I heard a drunken fiddler, in Billy Lee's Saloon,
I brooked an empty belly with thinking of the tune:
I swung the doors disgusted as drunkards rose to dance,
And now I know the music was life and life's romance.

1904.

CONTENTS


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NOTE

Nearly all these stories and one of the historical papers first appeared in the Manchester Guardian; one tale is reprinted from the Nation and one from the Pall Mall Magazine. The four remaining historical papers are reprinted from the Gentleman's Magazine.

I thank the Editors and Proprietors of all these periodicals for permission to include the papers in this volume.