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     Sharp-tongued spinsters, old wives gray,
Treble lent the fish-horn's bray.
     Sea-worn grandsires, cripple-bound,
Hulks of old sailors run aground,
     Shook head, and fist, and hat, and cane,
And cracked with curses the hoarse refrain:
     “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!”

Sweetly along the Salem road
     Bloom of orchard and lilac showed.
Little the wicked skipper knew
     Of the fields so green and the sky so blue.
Riding there in his sorry trim,
     Like an Indian idol glum and grim,
Scarcely he seemed the sound to hear
     Of voices shouting, far and near:
“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!”

‘Hear me, neighbors!’ at last he cried,—
     “What to me is this noisy ride?
What is the shame that clothes the skin
     To the nameless horror that lives within?
Waking or sleeping, I see a wreck,
     And hear a cry from a reeling deck!
Hate me and curse me,—I only dread
     The hand of God and the face of the dead!”
Said old Floyd Ireson, for his hard heart,
     Tarred and feathered and carried in a cart
By the women of Marblehead!

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