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I was a Pirate once,
A blustering fellow with scarlet sash,
A ready cutlass and language rash;
From a ship with a rum-filled water-tank
I made the enemy walk the plank;
I marooned a man on an island bare,
And seized his wife by her long, dark hair;
Took treasure, such heaps of it!—wealth untold—
Bright bars of silver and chunks of gold!
Till my ship was choked to the decks with pelf,

And no one dare touch it except myself
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D vS 14 January 2008

Our father died on Saturday aged 89. He was a wonderful man who was self educated and rose to the top in his field. He was determined to live life to the full, loved his family and worked hard to keep us safe. His favourite poem as a boy and remained the one which gave him much joy, was this one. We are using this as the theme at his funeral, to help all of us celebrate his life. Thank you for this site - and I hope others will somehow find this poem and advise you of the pleasure it have brought them.

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