Greenwich Pensioner, The
DESCRIPTION: "'Twas in the good ship Rover I sail'd the world around, And for three years and over, I ne'er touched British ground." The singer survives a storm off Portugal, but loses a limb in a battle. Now he is in Greenwich. He blesses the King but cannot sail
AUTHOR: probably Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)
EARLIEST DATE: 1891 (Ashton-Sailor)
KEYWORDS: sailor injury home
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ashton-Sailor, #52 insert, "The Greenwich Pensioner" (1 text)
ST AshS052i (Partial)
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads fol. 53, "The Greenwich pensioner," W. Fores (London), 1791?; also Harding B 11(1431)=Firth b.26(289)=Johnson Ballads 1172, "The Greenwich Pensioner," H Such (London), 1863-1885; Harding B 22(105), unknown, n.d.
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