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Alec Teuton's Son.

[Gloucester (U. 9.4..), August, 1720.] The wind it wailed, the wind it moaned, And the white caps flecked the sea; “ An’ I would to God,” the skipoer groaned, “ I had not my boy with mo I” Pnug in the etern-shcets, little John Laughed as the scud swept by ; But the skipper’s sunburnt cheek grew wan As he watched the wicked sky. “ Would he were at his mother’s side !” And the skipper’s eyes were dim. “ Good Lord in Heaven, if ill betide,

What would become of him ? “ For me—my muscles are as steel, For me let hap what may I might make shift upor. the keel Until the break o’ day, “ But he, he is so weak and small, So yoxtogr. scarce learned to stand— O. pitying Father of ns all, I trust him in Thy Land J “ For Thou, who markest from on high A sparrow’s fall —each one! — Surely. 0 Lord, Thou’lt have an eye On Alec Yeaton’s son!” Then helm hatd-port, right straight he sailed Towards the headland light; The wind it moaned, the wind it wailed, And black, black fell the night. Then burst a storm to make one quail,

Though housed from winds and waves ; They who could tell about that gale Must rise from watery graves ! Sadden it came, as sudden went;

Ere half the night had aped, The winds were hushed, the waves were spent, And the stars shone overhead. Now, as the morning mist grew thin, The folk on Gloucester shore Saw a little figure floating in Secure, on a broken oar. Up rose a cry: “ A wreck ! a wreck ! Pull, mates, and waste no breath !” They knew it, though ’twaa but a speck Upon the edge of death. Long did they marvel in the town At God, His strange decree, That let the stalwart skipper drown And the little child go free ! —Thomas Bailey Aldrich, in the ‘Atlantic.

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Alec Teuton's Son., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889, Supplement

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Alec Teuton's Son. Issue 7910, 18 May 1889, Supplement

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