Sling the flowing bowl (Thomas Linley the elder)
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First published: c.1817 Social Harmony
Description: Sources attribute the music of this toast to Thomas Linley, but are divided on the source of the words. Some give authorship to Linley's wife, others to his son in law, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Sheridan and Linley had a fruitful partnership writing in the toast genre; "here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen" being their most enduring creation). Most probably written for a theatrical afterpiece in the 1790s (currently unidentified) this item achieved an unlikely audience and is recorded as often encountered in the 1830s and '40s amongst American whalers off Valparaiso.
Original text and translations
Come, come my jolly lads, the wind's abast,
Brisk gales our sails shall crowd;
Come bustle, bustle boys, haul the boat,
The boatswain pipes aloud.
The ship's unmoored, all hands aboard,
The rising gale fills every sail,
The ship's well manned and stored.
Then sling the flowing bowl;
Fond hopes arise
The girls we prize
Shall bless each jovial soul.
The can boys bring, we'll drink and sing,
While foaming billows roll.