Songs from Books

Some further Songs from Books

The verses are listed by the collections in which they appear.
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Title Article/Story First line Notes
The Lowestoft Boat The Fringes of the Fleet In Lowestoft a boat was laid
Minesweepers The Fringes of the Fleet Dawn off the Foreland – the young flood making
Harwich Ladies The Fringes of the Fleet Farewell and adieu to you, Harwich Ladies,
Tin Fish The Fringes of the Fleet The ships destroy us above
A Song in Storm The Fringes of the Fleet Be well assured that on our side
The North Sea Patrol The Fringes of the Fleet When the East wind is brewed fresh and fresh every morning
The Trade Tales of “The Trade” They bear, in place of classic names
The Verdicts Destroyers at Jutland Not in the thick of the fight
MacDonough’s Song As Easy as ABC Whether the State can loose and bind
The Land Friendly Brook When Julius Fabricius, Sub-Prefect of the Weald,
Helen all Alone In the Same Boat There was darkness under Heaven
The Children The Honours of War These were our children who died
The Comforters The Dog Hervey Until thy feet have trod the Road
The Press The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat The Soldier may forget his Sword,
Jobson’s Amen In the Presence Blessed be the English and all their ways and works.
A Translation Regulus There are whose study is of smells,
Rebirth The Edge of the Evening If any God should say,
The Legend of Mirth The Horse Marines The four Archangels, so the legends tell,
The Floods My Son’s Wife The rain it rains without a stay
The Fabulists My Son’s Wife When all the world would keep a matter hid,
The Song of Seven Cities The Vortex I was Lord of Cities very sumptuously builded.
The Beginnings Mary Postgate It was not part of their blood,