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The Handsome Cabin Boy

    It's of a pretty fair maid
                       as you shall understand
    She had a mind for roving
                       unto a foreign land
    Attired in sailor's clothing
                       she boldly did appear
    And engaged with the captain for
                       to serve him for a year

    She engaged with the captain
                       a cabin boy to be
    The wind it was in favour,
                       they soon put out to sea
    The captain's lady being on board
                       she seemed it to enjoy
    So glad the captain had engaged
                       a handsome cabin boy.

    So nimble was that pretty maid
                       and done her duty well
    But mark what followed after,
                       as she herself can tell
    The captain with that pretty maid
                       did often kiss and toy
    For he soon found out the secret of
                       the handsome cabin boy

    Her cheeks appeared like roses
                       and with her side-locks curled
    The sailors ofttimes smiled and said,
                       He looks just like a girl
    But eating captains biscuit
                       her colour did destroy
    And the waist did swell of pretty Nell
                       the handsome cabin boy

    As through the Bay of Biscay
                       their gallant ship did plough
    One night among the sailors
                       there was a pretty row
    They bundled from their hammocks,
                       it did their rest destroy
    And they swore about the groaning of
                       the handsome cabin boy

    O doctor, O doctor,
                       the cabin boy did cry
    The sailors swore by all that's good
                       the cabin boy would die
    The doctor ran with all his might
                       and smiling at the fun
    For to think a sailor lad should have
                       a daughter or a son

    The sailors when they heard the joke
                       they all began to stare
    The child belonged to none of them
                       they solemnly did swear
    The lady to the captain said,
                       My dear I wish you joy
    For it's either you or I betrayed
                       the handsome cabin boy

    So they all took up a bumper
                       and drank success to trade
    And likewise to the cabin boy,
                       though neither man nor maid
    And if the wars should rise again
                       the sailors to destroy
    We'll ship some other sailors like
                       the handsome cabin boy

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