His form was of the manliest beauty,His heart was kind and soft;Faithful below he did his duty,But now he ’s gone aloft.
Tom Bowling (c. 1788).
For a soldier I listed, to grow great in fame.And be shot at for sixpence a day.Charles Dibdin
There ’s a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft,To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.Charles Dibdin
Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle?He was all for love, and a little for the bottle.Charles Dibdin
Spanking Jack was so comely, so pleasant, so jolly,Though winds blew great guns, still he ’d whistle and sing;Jack loved his friend, and was true to his Molly,And if honour gives greatness, was great as a king.Charles Dibdin
Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.Charles Dibdin
But the standing toast that pleased me most Was, "The wind that blows; the ship that goes, And the lass that loves a sailor!"Charles Dibdin
In every mess I find a friend, In every port a wife.Charles Dibdin
Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle? He was all for love and a little for the bottle.Charles Dibdin
What argufies pride and ambition? Soon or late death will take us in tow: Each bullet has got its commission, And when our time's come we must go.Charles Dibdin
His form was of the manliest beauty, His heart was kind and soft, Faithful, below, he did his duty; But now he's gone aloft.Charles Dibdin
For though his body's under hatches, His soul has gone aloft.Charles Dibdin