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Fri, 24 Sep 2010
The Pirate Ship, A wonderful rhyme by Stephen Southwold. Enjoy

 THE PIRATE SHIP
BY STEPHEN SOUTHWOLD

Ye olde
Pirate's Cavern.

We launched our ship upon the wave,
My hardy crew and I,
We grazed the bar - a narrow shave -
Then raised our flag on high.

And, underneath our pirate flag,
We sailed the seven seas ;
We skirted Michael's towering crag,
But bumped the Pyrenees!

We took a galleon near the line ;
We sacked a town in Spain,
We raided palace, camp, and mine;
We ruled the Spanish Main.

We fought great fleets from everywhere,
With cutlasses and dirks,
And twenty five princesses fair
We rescued from the Turks.

My crew are Tom and Jack and Nell,
The sea, our play-room floor;
The pirate ship's a bath as well ;
The harbour-bar the door!
My
Crew are Tom and Jack and Nell.

You'll walk the plank me hearties
The wonderful Stephen Southwold, one of the many names he used during his long career in writing. But it is mainly as Stephen Southwold that the children that read his wonderful poems and rhymes. He used quite a few other names when his birthdays took him past the children's tales and into the adult story world, gone the fairies and the pirate ships, the froggies and crocodiles, he now had to face the two world wars that followed him though his mid life. But a brilliant writer writes on as long as the world will keep on reading , but as usual time makes us humans grow older and one day in 1964, he left this world to travel to another where hopefully he is still writing wonderful stories, hopefully for the children of the Universe.
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