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Boat-Song.

George Pope Morris 1802 (Philadelphia) – 1864



Pull away merrily--over the waters!
Bend to your oars for the wood-tangled shore;
We're off and afloat with earth's loveliest daughters,
Worth all the argosies wave ever bore.
Pull away gallantly--pull away valiantly--
Pull with a swoop, boys; and pull for the shore:
Merrily, merrily, bend to the oar!

Pull away cheerily!--land is before us--
Green groves are flinging their balm to the spray;
The sky, like the spirit of love, bending o'er us,
Lights her bright torches to show us the way.
Pull away charily--pull away warily--
Pull with a nerve, boys; together give way:
Merrily, merrily, pull to the lay!

Pull away heartily--light winds are blowing,
Crisping the ripples that dance at our side;
The moon bathes in silver the path we are going,
And night is arrayed in her robes like a bride.
Pull away readily--pull away steadily--
Pull with a will, boys, and sing as we glide
Merrily, merrily, over the tide!
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George Pope Morris

George Pope Morris was one of the founders of The New York Mirror and for a time its editor He is best known as the author of the poem Woodman Spare That Tree and other poems and songs The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots 1839 the first story in the present volume is selected not because Morris was especially prominent in the field of the short story or humorous prose but because of this single storys representative character Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 follows with The Angel of the Odd October 1844 Columbian Magazine perhaps the best of his humorous stories The System of Dr Tarr and Prof Fether November 1845 Grahams Magazine may be rated higher but it is not essentially a humorous story Rather it is incisive satire with too biting an undercurrent to pass muster in the company of the genial in literature Poes humorous stories as a whole have tended to belittle rather than increase his fame many of them verging on the inane There are some however which are at least excellent fooling few more than that more…

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