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9780070311381 From front flap: Songs of the Sea is a history for sailors, for songsters, for anyone who is moved by the poetry of a tall ship under sail -- moved to wonder. To wonder what life was really like for the men who sailed those lovely ships when the only way to trade across the sevens seas was to be blown across, or blown to glory. ...And here they are, the authentic words and music of more than a hundred sea songs and chants in half a dozen languages. Some are as old as the mists of time, some as new as the great steel-hulled four-masters in the nitrate runs of the 1890s. Sing them, to hear the beat of lusty , salt-sprayed history.