Come, Loose Every Sail to the Breeze
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Lesley Nelson-Burns

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This is found in numerous broadside collections. It is found in collections of London broadsides and Newcastle Chapbooks. It is also in Cyclopedia of Popular Songs (c. 1835) and the Universal Songster.***

Whall states this is found in the Roxburgh Ballads. He also notes that there are two verses in Frederick Marryat's (1792-1848) work Jacob Faithful.*

The song was also popular in America. Its title is Homeward Bound in Spicer's Pocket Companion (1797). It was also found in the Log of the ship Joseph Francis (1795)**. There was no chorus in the ship's log.

One version was written by Thomas Arne and appears in a collection of Charles Dibdin's work (1841).

Come loose every sail to the breeze.
The course of my vessel improve;
I've done with the toils of the seas,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love.
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
I've done with the toils of the seas,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love.

Since Emma is true as she's fair,
My griefs I fling all to the wind,
'Tis a pleasing return for my care,
My mistress is constant and kind.
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
I've done with the toils of the seas,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love.

My sails are all filled to my dear,
What tropic bird swifter can move?
Who, cruel, shall hold his career,
That returns to the nest of his love?
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
I've done with the toils of the seas,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love.

Then hoist every sail to the breeze,
Come, shipmates, and join in the song;
Let's drink while the ship cuts the seas,
To the gale that may drive her along.
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love,
I've done with the toils of the seas,
Ye sailors, I'm bound to my love.


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From *Sea Songs and Shanties and
**Songs the Whaleman Sang and
See Bibliography for full information.
***Also from Steve Roud's Broadside Ballad Index.