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Mermaid And Eagle
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This is an historical poem about smuggling.
The Mermaid and Eagle sailed southwards one day
With blue flying pennants and billowing sails
The breeze was fair and the cutters they sped
Through deep rolling waves above the sea bed
Across the blue water the boats sailed with ease
Around to Ness Point and the bay where to see
Robin Hoods Bay, a small hidden cove
Where the Kings Cutters Pennant was hoisted on show
The smugglers surprise sent them onto the decks
Where movement of cannon was hastily swept
And the bright light of day was darkened by dust
As cutter and schooner fired.......they must
The boom of gunpowder charged round the bay
And a whistling cannon ball fell into the sea
The other it tore a large hole in a sail
As musket fire rang, heavy like hail
The water was pitted with falling black lead
And the King's Cutter knew it was outgunned again
The smugglers chased them across the blue sea
The Kings stolen pennant flying with ease
The smuggling craft and its spot man were safe
To trade and disperse at will as they did
With land based spies and sea faring men
Their kegs full of liquor rolled once again
The ocean was wide and capture rare
The Lingers Ghost riding at midnight to scare
And muffle the sound of pony and cart
As they scuffled the moors with booty and art
The smuggling days of the bay are all gone
And history books reveal all that was done
To trade in secret across the grey moor
Its bolt holes and hideouts, now silent and pure.
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