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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBen Cable
Roud No.12896
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 532
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

One night, it was at sea, in the midst of a storm,
On board a three decker Ben Cable was born
In his cradle, the ship, which was rocked by the deep,
The whistling winds often lulled him to sleep.

Verse 2

When christened, they dipped the boy in the salt flood,
And the captain himself for his godfather stood;
From infancy thus little Ben was inured
To tempests and storms, which he bravely endured.

Verse 3

On board from his youth, till to manhood he grew
Ben still was the pride and delight of his crew,
Ever foremost was he at humanity's call,
No danger could ever his courage appal.

Verse 4

If a friend or a foe in distress hove a sigh,
Through the white foaming ocean then ran mountains high,
Twas nothing to Ben, if his efforts could save
One unfortunate wretch from a watery grave.

Verse 5

In many a battle where cannons have roared,
And heroes have fallen whom their country adored,
Where the danger was great there Ben you might find,
For old England his life he'd have freely resigned.

Verse 6

His duty none better than Ben ever knew,
And he fought as s true British seaman should do;
But the fight being done, why, he'd drink grog and sing
Success to his friend and long life to his King.
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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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