The Seamen’s Hymn

I learned this heartfelt hymn from John Roberts and Tony Barrand, who learned it from Louis Killen, who learned it in turn from A.L. Lloyd who had put it together for a BBC presentation regarding Trafalgar Day… He had fit the words to a shape-note tune, and while not a very old song it itself, it does ring true to the sentiments of sailors of ages past.

Come all you bold seamen, wherever you’re bound,
And always let Nelson’s proud memory go round.

And pray that the wars and the tumult may cease,
For the greatest of gifts is a sweet, lasting peace.

May the Lord put an end to these cruel old wars,
And bring peace and contentment to all our brave tars.

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