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     Brief of skirt, with ankles bare,
Loose of kerchief and loose of hair,
     With conch-shells blowing and fish-horns' twang,
Over and over the Maenads sang:
     “Here's Flud Oirson, fur his horrd horrt,
Torr'd an' futherr'd an' corr'd in a corrt
     By the women oa Morble'ead!”

Small pity for him!—He sailed away
     From a leaking ship, in Chaleur Bay,—--
Sailed away from a sinking wreck,
     With his own town's-people on her deck I
‘Lay by! lay by!’ they called to him.
     Back he answered, “Sink or swim!
Brag of your catch of fish again!”
     And off he sailed through the fog and rain!
Old Floyd Ireson, for his hard heart,
     Tarred and feathered and carried in a cart
By the women of Marblehead!

Fathoms deep in dark Chaleur
     That wreck shall lie forevermore.
Mother and sister, wife and maid,
     Looked from the rocks of Marblehead
Over the moaning and rainy sea,—
     Looked for the coming that might not be!
What did the winds and the sea-birds say
     Of the cruel captain who sailed away?—
Old Floyd Ireson, for his hard heart,
     Tarred and feathered and carried in a cart
By the women of Marblehead!

Through the street, on either side,
     Up flew windows, doors swung wide;

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