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THE BUILDING OF THE SHIP.
“ Build me straight, O worthy Master !
Staunch and strong, a goodly vessel, That shall laugh at all disaster,
And with wave and whirlwind wrestle ! ”
The merchant's word Delighted the Master heard; For his heart was in his work, and the heart Giveth grace unto every Art.
A quiet smile played round his lips,
And first with nicest skill and art,
The various ships that were built of yore,
It was of another form, indeed ;