Contents PAGE A SON OF THE SEA 7 THE GRAVEDIGGER 8 THE YULE GUEST
12 THE MARRING OF MALYN 26 THE NANCYS PRIDE 43 ARNOLD, MASTER OF
THE SCUD 48 THE SHIPS OF ST. JOHN 55 THE KING OF Ys . . . 59 THE
KELPIE RIDERS 68 NOONS OF POPPY 93 LEGENDS OF LOST HAVEN . 95 THE
SHADOW BOATSWAIN 98 THE MASTER OF THE ISLES 104 THE LAST WATCH no
OUTBOUND 116 A SON OF THE SEA I WAS born for deep-sea faring I was
bred to put to sea Stories of my fathers daring Filled me at my
mothers knee. I was sired among the surges I was cubbed beside the
foam All my heart is in its verges, And the sea wind is my home.
All my boyhood, from far vernal Bourns of being, came to me
Dream-like, plangent, and eternal Memories of the plunging sea. 7
THE GRAVEDIGGER OH, the shambling sea is a sexton old, And well his
work is done. With an equal grave for lord and knave, He buries
them every one. Then hoy and rip, with a rolling hip, He makes for
the nearest shore And God, who sent him a thousand ship, Will send
him a thousand more But some hell save for a bleaching grave, And
shoulder them in to shore, Shoulder them in, shoulder them in,
Shoulder them in to shore. 8 The Gravedigger Oh, the ships of
Greece and the ships of Tyre Went out, and where are they In the
port they made, they are delayed With the ships of yesterday. He
followed the ships of England far, As the ships of long ago And the
ships of France they led him a dance, But he laid them all arow.
Oh, a loafing, idle lubber to him Is the sexton of the town For
sure and swift, with a guiding lift, He shovels the dead men down.
But though he delves so fierce and grim, His honest graves are
wide, As well they know who sleep below The dredge of the deepest
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