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THREE YOUTHFUL MARINERS.
There were three youthful Mariners,
Who ran away to sea;
For a trial trip cn a gallant ship,
The Mary Jane was she.
Jack and Jimmy were their names,
And likewise little Billee.
With a cargo of copper pots and pans,
She sailed to a distant shore;
There the hold they cram with rice and jam,
Till it could hold no more;
Then with all sail set, such a storm they met,
As never was seen before.
Fierce blew the blast, the ship flew fast,
The deck was drenched with spray.
"Keep good look out," the Captain cried.
Young Billee did obey.
Breakers a-head! he loudly said,
"And fainted right away.
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"Lost are we all! the sailors call
As down from the mast he fell.
Then with a shock they struck on a rock,
And next minute a heavy swell
SWashed over the deck, and the ship was a wreck:
The rest I can not tell.
But these three youthful Mariners
To a piece of the wreck clung tight;
Hungry and tired, and wet and cold,
They drifted about all night.
Not one of them slept, but watch they kept,
Till lightbrought land in sight.
At last, for the shade of some bushes they made,
" '- So fiercely the sun's rays raged;
But they got a scare, when they were aware,
That this shelter was engaged
By a kind of creature you would n't like
To see, unless safely caged.
Didn't they quake, when a great big snake,
Received them with open jaws?
In a terrible fright they take to flight,
Nor for an instant pause,
Til a tiger they almost stumbled across,
As he lay and licked his paws.
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As soon as this other inhabitant,
Of the country they did see,
With dread they were struck, but by great good
They were not far off from a tree.
Away they go, as if shot from a bow,
And climbed to the top-all three.
It was fortunate that just too late
The tiger arrived for his prey;
"Come down lower!" he seemed to roar.
No, thank you; not to-day."
"Is there anything I can do for you? "
"Well, only to go away! "
But the tiger snarled as if to say,
He did not mean to go;
Then perched on the top, with below them a drop,
Of a thousand feet or so;
In double dismay the scene they survey,
And discover another foe.
Up bounds a lion, and keeping his eye on
The tempting mouthful above,
Tackles the tiger, whose end you see,
Sent over the cliff with a shove.
These beasts delight to growl and fight;
It is not their nature to love.
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Now licking his jaws and lifting his paws,
He attempts to climb the tree;
But the great fat lion could n't get high on
The trunk, they were pleased to see.
So below he prowled, and greedily growled,
Looking at the Mariners three.
When, lo! came a fierce rhinoceros,
Who wanted to have first bite;
But the lion and he could not agree,
And the two began to fight;
It fell out, moreover, they both fell over,
To the Mariners' delight.
Down got these weary Mariners
From their perch above the cliff;
And empty each felt beneath the belt,
And their limbs were sore and stiff;
Exhausted quite, in this woeful plight,
They wbuld have perished if
They had not been seen by a native chief,
Who was hunting cassowaries,
And from a wood in the neighborhood,
Took them for missionaries;
And ran off in haste, to fetch his tribe,
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Oh, glad were these three Mariners
Their fellow-men to meet!
By signs they declare how hungry they are,
And beg for something to eat.
The blacks seem polite, take them home and invite
Them all to sit down and eat.
To the chief's house led, they are heartily fed;
Milk they drink by the pail,
And see how they cram down rhinoceros ham,
And elephant ribs and tail,
Till there, as they sat, they began to get fat,
Nor yet did their appetites fail.
The Mariners eat, and eat, and eat,
While they could have the chance,
But when they grew stout, the chief turned them
And poked their sides with his lance;
Then all the blacks, like maniacs,
Began to caper and dance.
They made such a noise that the Mariner boys
Stopped short in their gorging and swilling,-
And when they reflected, they strongly suspected,
They were being fattened for killing.
Though to be made into white man pies,
They did not at all feel willing.
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They saw before long that they were not wrong,
And trembled like jelly with fear,
For each savage man, with a whetstone began
To sharpen his teeh and his spear;
And looked at the Mariners as if
They ought make good cheer.
"If this is so, it is time to go,"
These Mariners did say;
And they took to their legs and ran for their lives,
Without even saying "good day;"
And the natives hurried after them,
Crying out, there was something to pay..
Away they race, with the blacks in chase,
And soon came to the sea;
To their great delight, a ship was in sight,
And a boat on shore sent she.
The savages roared, but safe on board,
They were rowed away-all three.
The adventures of these Mariners,
May or may not be true;
But if you say you will run away
To sea, as they did do,
You had better not, for this is what
May happen unto you.
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