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Lady Franklin's Lament We were homeward bound one night on the deep Swinging in my hammock I fell asleep I dreamed a dream and I thought it true Concerning Franklin and his gallant crew With 100 seamen he sailed away To the frozen ocean in the month of May To seek a passage around the pole Where we poor seamen do sometimes roll Through cruel misfortune they vainly strove Their ships on mountains of ice was drove Where the Eskimo with his skin canoe Was the only one that could ever come through In Baffin's Bay where the whale fish blow The fate of Franklin no man may know The fate of Franklin no tongue can tell Lord Franklin among his seamen do dwell And now my burden it gives me pain For my long lost Franklin I would cross the main Ten thousand pounds I would freely give To know that on earth my Franklin do live Sir John Franklin set out to find the Northwest Passage in 1845 skeletons were found in 1859 DT #401 Laws K9 SOF
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