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CHARLES DIBDIN
English bard, actor, dramatist and song writer
(1745 - 1814)

In one soft look what language lies!
      - [Eyes]

Our home is still home, be it ever so homely.
      - [Home]

There is a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft, to keep watch for the life of poor Jack.
      - [Providence]

There is philosophy in the remark that every man has in his own life follies enough, in the performance of his duty deficiencies enough, in his own mind trouble enough, without being curious after the affairs of others.
      - [Curiosity]

But were it to my fancy given
  To rate her charms, I'd call them heaven;
    For though a mortal made of clay,
      Angels must love Ann Hathaway;
        She hath a way so to control,
          To rapture the imprisoned soul,
            And sweetest heaven on earth display,
              That to be heaven Ann hath a way;
                She hath a way,
                  Ann Hathaway,--
                    To be heaven's self Ann hath a way.
      - A Love Dittie,
        in his novel "Hannah Hewitt" [Women]

Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle?
  He was all for love and a little for the bottle.
      - Captain Wattle and Miss Rol [Drinking]

In every mess I find a friend,
  In every port a wife.
      - Jack in his Element [Wives]

For they say there's a Providence sits up aloft
  To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.
      - Poor Jack [Navigation]

There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft,
  To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.
      - Poor Jack [Navigation]

At length cried she, I'll marry:
  What should I tarry for?
    I may lead aped in hell forever.
      - Tack and Tack [Matrimony]

What argufies pride and ambition?
  Soon or late death will take us in tow:
    Each bullet has got its commission,
      And when our time's come we must go.
      - The Benevolent Tar [War]

One night came on a hurricane,
  The sea was mountains rolling
    When Barney Buntline turned his quid,
      And said to Billy Bowling:
        "A strong nor-wester's blowing, Bill;
          Hark! don't ye hear it roar, now?
            Lord help 'em, how I pities them
              Unhappy folks on shore now!"
      - The Sailor's Consolation,
        also attributed to Billy Pitt and Hood
        [Navigation : Ships]

But the standing toast that pleased me most
  Was, "The wind that blows, the ship that goes,
    And the lass that loves a sailor!"
      - The Standing Toast,
        from the comic opera, "The Round Robin", produced June 21, 1811
        [Toasts]

For though his body's under hatches,
  His soul has gone aloft.
      - Tom Bowling,
        written on the death of his brother
        [Epitaphs]

His form was of the manliest beauty,
  His heart was kind and soft,
    Faithful, below, he did his duty;
      But now he's gone aloft.
      - Tom Bowling,
        written on death of his brother, inscribed on Charles Dibdin's gravestone in Camden Town
        [Epitaphs]


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