Handsome Cabin Boy

It’s of a pretty fair maid
As you may understand
Her mind being bent for rambling
Unto some foreign land
She dressed herself in sailor’s clothes
Or so it does appear
And she hired with a captain
To serve him for a year

The captain’s wife she being on board,
She seem-ed in great joy
To think her husband had engaged
Such a handsome cabin boy,
And now and then she’d slip him a kiss,
And she wouldd have liked to toy,
But ’twas the captain found the secret
Of the handsome cabin boy.

Her cheeks they were like roses
And her hair rolled in a curl
The sailors often smiled and said
He looked just like a girl.
But eating of the captain’s biscuit
Her colour did destroy
And the waist did swell of pretty Nell
The handsome cabin boy

‘Twas in the bay of Biscay
Our gallant ship did plow
One night among the sailors
Was a fearful flurry and row.
They tumbled from their hammocks
For their sleep it did destroy
And they swore about the groaning
Of the handsome cabin boy

“Oh doctor, dear, oh doctor,”
The cabin boy did cry
“My time has come, I am undone
And I should surely die.”
The doctor come a-runnin’
And a-smilin’ at the fun
To think a sailor lad should have
A daughter or a son!

The sailors when they saw the joke
They all did stand and stare
The child belonged to none of them
They solemnly did swear
The captain’s wife, she says to him
“My dear, I wish you joy
For ’tis either you or me’s betrayed
The handsome cabin boy!”

So each man took his tot of rum
And he drunk success to trade,
And likewise to the cabin boy
Who was neither man nor maid.
Here’s hoping wars don’t rise again
Our sailors to destroy,
And here’s hoping for a jolly lot more
Like the handsome cabin boy.