MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Eagle with her Gallant Crew
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Song

The Eagle with her gallant crew in the port had just arrived
From Greenland’s sea with ocean' s wealth have storms and tides survived
Where icebergs tower majestically like vapouring __________ high
Aloft above the ice floes _______s to the Sky

Where seabirds wheel so far above the mighty ocean roar
Far from those icy mountains our boys have returned once more
A welcome to our fishermen who plowed the deep blue sea
May God protect and hover near no matter where they be.

Ten thousand welcomes do I wish to all the Eagle's crew
Likewise the same and ten times more to her gallant Captain too
Now when the time for sailing comes from here unto the coast
Where of the Eskimo can talk and about her mountains boast

Where ice floes lie ________ there and shines like moonbeams in the sun
And the large high antlered reindeer lives until life's race is run
It's there our boys did venture and from that place set sail
To go chase the bear and walrus and for capturing of the whale

So on the tenth of May set sail with steam up sailing forth
Bound for Greenland’s ice _____ and so far down in the north
Oh, welcome to all fishermen who plough the deep blue sea
May God protect them over there no matter where they be
Ten thousand welcomes do I wish to all the Eagle's crew
Likewise the same and ten times more to her gallant Captain too

Nfld is their native isle and like Greenland too also

(Speaks) I think I said that

Her mountains in the wintertime are white with frost and snow
Fond nature in her sweetest moods in summer blows soft gales
Where rosebuds lift their scented heads through her shady groves and dales
Some of her sons the Eagle helped to bring them o'er the sea
To the ice-bound coast of Greenland from her own dear countereee

I hope in health with wealth and prosperity they will return once more
To their parents, wives and sweethearts who loved them and adored
Those hardy worthy fishermen who plowed the briny deep
And to the arctic regions their loved ones for to keep

When next they leaved our native shores from here to go away
Unto the shores down through the straights to Baffin's bay
I hope in health with wealth and prosperity they will return once more
To their parents, wives and loved ones on the Terra Nova shore


Notes


History: Newfoundland Ballad

Text: A richly descriptive narrative of "The Eagle's" voyage to Greenland.

Tune: This 4/4 metre tune is characterized by uneven phrase lengths.   The tonality is difficult to distinguish but is probably major.   The singer closes with a declamatory ending that is typical of Newfoundland ballad singers.

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