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Sailor and beachcomber Confessions of a life at sea, in Australia, and amid the islands of the Pacific

Sailor and beachcomber
Confessions of a life at sea, in Australia, and amid the
islands of the Pacific
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Title: Sailor and beachcomber Confessions of a life at sea, in Australia, and amid the islands of the Pacific
Release Date: 2019-01-06
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IMUSICAL COMPOSITIONS
By A. SAFRONI-MIDDLETON

March—

“Our Fleet” War March of the Allied Sailors and Soldiers. Dedicated byspecial permission of Lady Jellicoe to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and the BritishFleet, 1915. Pianoforte and Military Band.

Entr’acte—

“The Monk’s Dream” (Full Military)

Romanza—

“Song of the Night” (Full Military)

Waltz—

“Firenze” (Military)

Regimental Marches—

  “By Order of the King” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Imperial Echoes” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Colours” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Salute the Standard” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Under the Old Flag” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Our Fleet” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Sierra Leone” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Relief” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Night Riders” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Rough Diamonds” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Stronghold” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Half Seas Over” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “House of Hanover” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Light of the Regiment” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Dashing British” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Scottish Chief” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Dandy Fifth” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “Cashmere”  
  “The Long Bright Line”  
  “Paramatta”  
  “Carrara”  
  “Old Castille”  
  “Bohemia”  
  “Il Cavaliere”  
  “The Military Call” Also Pianoforte Solo
  “The Boundary Riders” Also Pianoforte Solo
Etc.

Songs—

“Samoan Love Song and Waltz”
“A Soldier’s Dream”
“By the Delawar”
“South Sea Melodies”
“Alabama Way”
Etc., etc.

Published by BOOSEY & Co., London, Aldershot and New York
Played by Military Regimental Bands throughout the World

Lieutenant J. Ord Hume, L. F., the distinguished Composer,Bandmaster and Contest Adjudicator of the British Empire, says: “Iconsider Safroni-Middleton’s rousing Military Marches the finest ofrecent years, and unique productions, coming as they do from the penof a sailor.”


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SAILOR AND BEACHCOMBER


V

Tree Climbing


VISAILOR AND BEACHCOMBER
CONFESSIONS OF A LIFE AT SEA, IN AUSTRALIA
AND AMID THE ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC
BY
A. SAFRONI-MIDDLETON
WITH TWENTY-FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS
LONDON
GRANT RICHARDS LTD.
ST MARTIN’S STREET
LEICESTER SQUARE
MDCCCCXV

VIIPRINTED BY THE RIVERSIDE PRESS LIMITED
EDINBURGH

VIIII DEDICATE THIS BOOK
TO THE MEMORY OF
MY BROTHER
MORTIMER HUGH MIDDLETON
AGED SIXTEEN YEARS
Lost overboard in mid-ocean while serving
before the mast of a sailing
ship outbound for
Australia
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN POPPY
Of the sailing ship Aristides, lost
with all hands
AND TO THE MEMORY OF
MY COMRADES
Of the Australian Bush and
the South Sea Islands
Old comrades, by my fire in dreams
Your hands I clasp to-night;
Heaven starlit o’er the forest gleams
As ’neath the blood-wood’s height
You lie with folded hands asleep
By shores of tumbling waves,
As I creep up each silent steep
To kiss forgotten graves.
IXThe soul of all the songs I sing,
Whatever sounds most true,
I dedicate each wild true ring,
Inspired, old chums, by you.
The world grieves not that you are dead—
Brave, reckless men who died,
Crept from their camp-fires back to bed
Along the wild hill-side.
But, comrades, ’neath the hills or waves,
Could one sad song of mine
Reveal dead souls of far-off graves,
’Twould be a song divine.
As pure and sweet as flowers that grow
Where once with wild delight
You sang, where bush-flowers, bursting, blow
Thro’ dead fire-ash to-night.
And so in dreams I take your hands,
In long-dead eyes I gaze,
And half in tears from other lands
Bring back the dear old days.
In other lands ’neath greyer skies
Wild rides again recall,
Your songs, your laughing, manly eyes—
The boy who loved you all.
Lies in my sea-chest ’neath my bed
The fiddle, stringless, still;
Old chums, since all of you are dead,
’Neath forest steep and hill,
I cannot play the songs you loved;
But with tired eyes and pen
I strive to tell the truth, who roved,
And found you—God’s best men.

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PREFACE

In the following chapters, wherein I have endeavouredto write down my experiences at sea, inAustralia and on the South Sea Islands, I have notgone beyond the first four or five years of my lifeabroad, but later on I hope to do so, if I get thechance. I have made no attempt to moralise in mybook, and if I appear to have been guilty of doingso, be assured it was a spasm of the intellect andquite forgotten all about a few minutes after I hadwritten it down.

All I have attempted in this book is to endeavourto tell exactly my

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