Annotation:Last Shilling (The)

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LAST SHILLING, THE. English, Air (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The Last Shilling" is one of the sea songs "composed, written and sung" by Charles Dibdin (1745-1814). The first stanza goes:

As pensive one night in my garret I sate,
My last shilling produced on the table;
That adventurer, cried I, might a history relate,
If to think and to speak it were able.
Whether fancy or magic, 'twas played me the freak,
The face seemed with life to be filling;
And cried, instantly speaking, or seeming to speak,
Pay attento to me--thy last shilling.

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