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Poem Title:  Lee Fore Brace

Poem Category:  Thought Provoking/ Sad Poems

Poet:  Cicely Fox Smith

Poet Biography: 
Cicely Fox Smith (1882-1954). was an English poet who produced more than a dozen poetry books and contributed to many more. Her main themes are maritime poetry, travel books and, with her sister Madge, some fine children's novels.

There was ten men hauling on the lee fore brace
In the rain an' the drivin' hail,
An' the mile-long graybeards chargin' by,
An' the thunderin' Cape Horn gale.

(That dark it was, you scarce could see
Your hand before your face;
That cold it was, our fingers froze
Stiff as they gripped the brace.

An' "Christ!" says Dan, "for a night in port
An' a Dago fiddler's tune,
An' just one whiff o' the drinks again
In a Callao saloon!")

There was ten men haulin' on the lee fore brace
When the big sea broke aboard;
Like a stream in spate, a foaming flood
Right fore an' aft it poured.

The ship, she staggered an' lay still

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