Song of the Zetland Fisherman (Peter C. Lutkin)
- Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-10). Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 281 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 1915 Silver, Burdett and Company
Original text and translations
Farewell, merry maidens, to song, and to laugh,
For the brave lads of Westra are bound to the Haaf;
And we must have labour, and hunger, and pain,
Ere we dance with the maids of Dunrossness again.
For now, in our trim boats of Noroway deal,
We must dance on the waves, with the porpoise and seal;
The breeze it shall pipe, so it pipe not too high,
And the gull be our songstress whene’er she flits by.
We’ll sing while we bait, and we’ll sing while we haul
For the deeps of the Haaf have enough for us all:
There torsk for the gentle, and skate for the carle,
And there’s wealth for bold Magnus, the son of the earl.
Huzza! my brave comrades, give way for the Haaf,
We shall sooner come back to the dance and the laugh;
For life without mirth is a lamp without oil;
On, then, mirth and long life to the bold Magnus Troil!
from The Pirate, chapter xxii