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No. 15 - Nine-Pins Song - 2nd. Lieutenant and Chorus
"On the Grassy Banks of Scheldt."

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Chorus: Say, my lads, what game we'll play?
Men: Lo! the silver moonlight, as clear as day!
2nd. Lieutenant: On the grassy banks of Scheldt,
That glides by with a tide scarce felt,
There the folks meets of a day,
The old to smoke, the young to play!
Of all games that give a zest
To pipes and beer Nine-pins are best!
Set them up! the champion call,
Now toe the mark and poise the ball!
There! it rolls like thunder,
Rends the pins asunder!
Down, down they go!
All nine lie low!
Live the game of Nine-pins!
The fine old game of Nine-pins!
By the banks of Scheldt we played them,
Ah! long time ago!
(Live the game of Nine-pins!
The fine old game of Nine-pins!)
While the elders quaff'd and smok'd,
wise and slow!
Chorus: Live the game of Nine-pins,
The fine old game of Nine-pins,
By the banks of Scheldt we played them,
Ah! long time ago!
All: Live the game of Nine-pins,
The fine old game of Nine-pins,
That we played and lov'd, ah! long ago!
   
2nd. Lieutenant: When we left the low Dutch strand,
And with it all the joys of land,
"Farewell all!" then did we say,
"We've done with Nine-pins many a day!
But our skipper cried "Not so!
You'll have a game before you know!
There's a ship! To quarters call,
They're the pins and you've the ball!
Let it roll like thunder,
Tear their planks asunder!
Down, down they go!
All now lie low!
Live the game of Nine-pins!
The fine old game of Nine-pins!
By the banks of Scheldt we played them,
Ah! long time ago!
(Live the game of Nine-pins!
The fine old game of Nine-pins!)
While the elders quaff'd and smok'd,
Wise and slow!
Chorus: Live the game of Nine-pins,
The fine old game of Nine-pins,
By the banks of Scheldt we played them,
Ah! long time ago!
All: Live the game of Nine-pins,
The fine old game of Nine-pins,
That we played and lov'd, ah! long ago!

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