“The Topsail Shivers in the Wind”


"The topsail shivers in the wind, Our ship she casts to sea, But yet my soul, my heart, my mind, Are, Mary, moored with thee." The singer touches on the difficulties of the voyage and thinks constantly of his return home


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 59-60, "The Topsail Shivers in the Wind" (1 text plus part of another, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2017
  3. BI, SWMS059


Alternate titles: “The Sailor's Adieu”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1776 (Journal from the Ann)
Keywords: sailor home love