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The Coiner

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To be sung by the unlearned to the tune of "King John and the Abbot of Canterbury," and by the learned to "Tempest-a-brewing."


Against the Bermudas we foundered, whereby
This Master, that Swabber, yon Bo'sun, and I
(Our pinnace and crew being drowned in the main)
Must beg for our bread through old England again.

For a bite and a sup, and a bed of clean straw,
We'll tell you such marvels as man never saw,
On a Magical Island which no one did spy
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Shaun Cronick 21 July 2020
This was sung in a movie with I think it was a young John Mills and I can't remember the movie. And Christopher Plummer played Kipling with his likeness to a tee, in The Man Who Would Be King. A marvellous poem/song.
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Dr Antony Theodore 26 January 2020
But he, when on midnight our reckoning he paid, Says, " Never match coins with a Coiner by trade, Or he'll turn your lead pieces to metal as rare As shall fill him this globe, and leave something to spare... a very fine poem. tony
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