by John Gay
|ALL in the Downs the fleet was moor’d,|
|The streamers waving in the wind,|
|When black-eyed Susan came aboard;|
|‘O! where shall I my true-love find?|
|Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true||5|
|If my sweet William sails among the crew.’|
|William, who high upon the yard|
|Rock’d with the billow to and fro,|
|Soon as her well-known voice he heard|
|He sigh’d, and cast his eyes below:||10|
|The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands,|
|And quick as lightning on the deck he stands.|
|So the sweet lark, high poised in air,|
|Shuts close his pinions to his breast|
|If chance his mate’s shrill call he hear,||15|
|And drops at once into her nest:—|
|The noblest captain in the British fleet|
|Might envy William’s lip those kisses sweet.|
|‘O Susan, Susan, lovely dear,|
|My vows shall ever true remain;||20|
|Let me kiss off that falling tear;|
|We only part to meet again.|
|Change as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be|
|The faithful compass that still points to thee.|
|‘Believe not what the landmen say||25|
|Who tempt with doubts thy constant mind:|
|They’ll tell thee, sailors, when away,|
|In every port a mistress find:|
|Yes, yes, believe them when they tell thee so,|
|For Thou art present wheresoe’er I go.||30|
|‘If to fair India’s coast we sail,|
|Thy eyes are seen in diamonds bright,|
|Thy breath is Afric’s spicy gale,|
|Thy skin is ivory so white.|
|Thus every beauteous object that I view||35|
|Wakes in my soul some charm of lovely Sue.|
|‘Though battle call me from thy arms|
|Let not my pretty Susan mourn;|
|Though cannons roar, yet safe from harms|
|William shall to his Dear return.||40|
|Love turns aside the balls that round me fly,|
|Lest precious tears should drop from Susan’s eye:|
|The boatswain gave the dreadful word,|
|The sails their swelling bosom spread,|
|No longer must she stay aboard;||45|
|They kiss’d, she sigh’d, he hung his head.|
|Her lessening boat unwilling rows to land;|
|‘Adieu!’ she cries; and waved her lily hand.|
For more musing, please see the fair Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.
Congrats on your blotanical award, Dee and thanks for contributing to Muse Day.
Love the Susans as well.
Kylee from Our Little Acre says
Dee! Big congrats for your Blotanical award! You sure deserve it. Your blog is top-notch and I always learn something from you. I’m so glad to have met you at Spring Fling and look forward to being with you again in Buffalo. And maybe Dallas! Thank you for offering to mentor me. I may take you up on that!
Again, congratulations and keep doing what you do so well. *hugs*
Dee, congratulations on your blotanical award! I enjoy your blog, think it was one of the first I found when I began my garden blog, love your photos!
Mary Delle says
A big congratulations on your award. You deserve it.
Dee Nash says
Mary, thank you very much. That award touched my heart, for this blog and its readers mean a lot to me.~~Dee
Jan (ThanksFor2Day) says
I keep forgetting to participated in Muse Day. Your photos are so pretty. Congrat's on your award;-)
Thank you Jan and congrats to you too.~~Dee
Love this! I, too, am in love with sweet Susan:)
Congratulations on your Blotanical Award, Dee.
Thanks Rose, I was so happy. I loved this poem too when I found it. Been waiting to use it.~~Dee
Dee, congratulations on your Blotanical award! Well done!
Thank you so much Tatyana.~~Dee
Lisa at Greenbow says
How romantic. I have a friend that sings sailor chantys I will have to pass along this poem. It will be most appreciated by him too.
Congrats on your award.
Thanks so much Lisa. I hope he likes it too.~~Dee
Autumn joy and happy October Muse Day, Dee. Congratulations on your fine Blotanical award.
Same to you Joey and thanks so much.~~Dee
Love those Susans! Welcome back, and congrats on your win for Best Oklahoma Blotanical Award, Dee. Way to go!
And to answer your question, no, I didn't know the GWA was going to be in Dallas next year. That certainly is closer to home, plus I have access to a free place to stay there. Hmm.
Pam, thanks. I'll mentor you my friend if you come. You'd love it.~~Dee