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A Sailor Ballad

by Ruby Archer

Oh, tie your knot with a tug and twist,
And never a careless bend,
Look out for strands that you may have missed,
And never leave a loose end.

In law or love will the ruling hold:
If trouble away you'd fend,
Be careful ever, and often bold,
But never leave a loose end.

The lag or slip of a rope will give
A loop that you can't defend.
You'll hate yourself as long as you live—
Oh, never leave a loose end!

Some other fellow as quick as thought
Will do what you cannot mend—
Untie your luck or your true-love knot,—
So never leave a loose end.