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Collection of eighty street ballads: The Heart That Can Feel for Another

Collection of eighty street ballads on forty sheets, mostly with a woodcut printed at London, the majority by J. Catnach (1820ñ1830). London: n.p., n.d. University of Minnesota Libraries. WILSON Rare Books Quarto 820.1 C683.

Pasted to album leaf 40: broadside containing "Will Watch the Bold Smuggler" (left column) and "The Heart That Can Feel for Another" (right column).

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The Heart That Can Feel for Another.

J. Catnach, Printer, 2, Monmouth-court, 7 Dials.
 Sold by  W. Marshall, Bristol.
        JACK STEADFAST and I were bo<th> mates at sea,
            And plough'd half the world o'er together,
        And many hot battle encounter'd have we,
            Strange climates and all sorts of weather.
        But seamen you know are insur'd to hard gales,
            Determin'd to stand by each other,
         And the boast of a tar where so ever he sails,
            Is the heart that can feel for another.

        When often suspended 'twixt water and sky,
            And death yawn'd on all sides around us,
        Jack Steadfast and I scorn'd to murmur or sigh
            For danger could neverconfound us,
        Smooth seas and rough billows to us were the same,
            Contented we must brave one or t'other,
        And like jolly tars in life's chequer'd gales,
             Give the heart that can feel for another.

        Thus smiling at peril at sea or on shore,
            We box'd the old compass right cheerly,
        Toss'd the can bouys about, and a word more,
            Yes drink to the girls we love dearly.
        For sailors, pray mind me, though strange kind of fish,
            Love the girls just as dear as their mother,
        And what's more they love what I hope you a<ll> wish,
            Is the heart that can feel for another

Basic transcription by Wil Kurth.  Pointed brackets mark emendations.

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Michael Hancher
Department of English, University of Minnesota
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Created 1 July 1997
Revised 2 July 1997