“By the Lightning We Lost our Sight”


The singer is on a journey from Gibraltar to England when a hurricane strikes. Sent aloft to reef the sails, he and four others are blinded when lightning strikes the mast. The storm washes several others overboard

Cross references


  1. Laws K6, "By the Lightning We Lost Our Sight"
  2. Mackenzie 86, "By the Lightning We Lost Our Sight" (1 text)
  3. Smith/Hatt, pp. 76-78, "The Blind Sailor" (1 text)
  4. DT 557, LIGHTNNG
  5. Roud #1894
  6. BI, LK06


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1883 (Smith/Hatt)
Found in: Canada(Mar)