Notes on the text
These notes are based on those written by Leonee Ormond for the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS edition of Captains Courageous (1995) with the kind permission of Oxford University Press. Except where stated otherwise, the page numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Captains Courageous (1899, and frequently reprinted since).
They took the grandame's blanket,Poems Written for a Child (London, 1868), 29-35.
Who shiver'd and bade them go;
They took the baby's pillow,
Who could not say them no...
...And knew not all the while
If they were heaping a bonfire
Or only a funeral pile...
...With, `Child, here comes your father!'
Or, `Wife, is this your man?'...
...So when you see a Brixham boat
Go out to face the gales,
Think of the love that travels
Like light upon her sails!