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The Eagle With Her Gallant Crew
(MacEdward Leach)

The Eagle, with her gallant crew,
In port has just arrived,
From Greenland's sea with ocean's wealth,
Have storms and tides survived;
Where icebergs tower majestically,
Like vapouring clouds on high,
Aloft above the ice floes,
Their pinnnacles to the sky.

Where seabirds wheel so far above,
The mighty ocean's roar,
Far from those icy mountains,
Our boys have returned once more;
A welcome to our fishermen,
Who plowed the deep blue sea,
May God protect and hover near,
No matter where they be.

Ten thousand welcomes do I wish,
To all the Eagle's crew,
Likewise the same and ten times more,
To her gallant captain, too;
Now, when the time for sailing comes,
From here unto the coast,
Whereof the Eskimo can talk,
And about her mountains boast.

Where ice floes lie silent there,
And shine like moonbeams in the sun,
And the large, high-antlered reindeer lives,
Until life's race is run;
It's there our boys did venture,
And from that place set sail,
To go chase the bear and walrus,
And for capturing the whale.

So on the tenth of May set sail,
With steam up sailing forth,
Bound for Greenland's ice fields,
And so far down in the north;
Oh, welcome to all fishermen,
Who plough the deep blue sea,
May God protect them over there,
No matter where they be.

Ten thousand welcomes do I wish,
To all the Eagle's crew,
Likewise the same and ten times more,
To her gallant captain, too;
Newfoundland is their native isle,
And like Greenland, also,
Her mountains in the wintertime,
Are white with frost and snow.

Fond nature in her sweetest moods,
In summer blows soft gales,
Where rosebuds lift their scented heads,
Through her shady groves and dales;
Some of her sons the Eagle helped,
To bring them o'er the sea,
To the ice-bound coast of Greenland.
From her own dear counteree.

I hope in health with wealth and prosperity,
They will return once more,
To their parents, wives and sweethearts,
Who loved them and adored,
Those hardy, worthy fishermen,
Who plowed the briny deep,
And to the arctic regions,
Their loved ones for to keep.

When next they leaved our native shores,
From here to go away,
Unto the shores down through,
The straights to Baffin's Bay,
I hope in health with wealth and prosperity,
They will return once more,
To their parents, wives and loved ones,
On the Terra Nova shore.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad in tribute to Greenland fishermen ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mr Powers of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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