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Bristol made and Bristol manned - poem about John Cabot | 07-Jul-12

Enquirer is looking for an epic poem about the voyage of John Cabot on his ship The Matthew in 1497 to discover new lands.  It contained the following verse:

Bristol made and Bristol manned
With a crew as tough as any afloat,
They sailed that day in search of land
And their captain's name was John Cabot.

The poem was included in a collection of poems in a book which was used for study in schools in the 1960s.

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I. studied this poem at school and have also been seeking a copy without success. The first lines are
On the fifteenth day of the month of May
When the cuckoo cried in the woods of Leigh,
The Matthew shipped her cargo, and slipped
Her mooring cable from Bristol Quay.

Bristol made, and Bristol manned,
With a crew as tough as any afloat,
They sailed that day in search of land
And their captain's name was John Cabot.

Sadly I cannot remember the rest. I think it was in a school book called 20th Century Narrative Verse, but have not managed to locate this book
Would love to know if such a title turns
Dianna seymour
Dianna Seymour

The poem is called 'North West Passage A.D.1497 and is by Francis Brett Young. I have it in an old poetry book Twentieth Century Narrative poems edited by M. WOLLMAN, published by HARRAP. My copy is 1959 and cost 3 shillings and 9 pence about 45 pence in today's money. i believe it is still available on Amazon
NAT LEWIS


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