Launch Thy Bark, Mariner!
DESCRIPTION: "Launch thy bark, mariner, Christian God speed thee, Let loose the rudder bands, Good angels lead thee. Set thy sails warily; tempests will come... Set our course home." There is bad weather in the night. The gold is not worth keeping. Steer for heaven
EARLIEST DATE: 1860 (Journal of the Sunbeam)
KEYWORDS: ship gold disaster home
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-Gam, pp. 355-356, "The Mariner's Hymn" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Pull for the Shore" (theme)
NOTES: This reminds me very much of "Pull for the Shore" -- so much so that I am tempted to think that the Philip Paul Bliss song inspired this. The problem is that, if Huntington's date is right, this was copied down a dozen years before "Pull for the Shore" was written. I will confess to wondering if the piece might not be a later addition to the ship's log. - RBW
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