Stirring stuff and any who have been to sea can appreciate it. I have always said I would never look at the colour of the hand reaching to save me from drowning, yet Lawson does it so much more eloquently. He includes references to the Great War and really hits out at the establishment. His line 'a monarch 'in' with the Jews' and the one about the army contractors hit home, reminding me of my Grandfather's cynicism after the First World War. Excellent stuff.
Brilliant stuff. I think it was written in protest to the British Empire's involvement in the Boer War. At that time to be anti-war would have brought a lot of pressure upon him, yet many shared the view the war was wrong. Few remember the Boer War and the lessons learnt that would soon be needed in WW1, but forgotten or ignored. I have trouble with over and cover but would read it as 'ov-ver' with a hard 'ov'. This is a poem I never knew about before this site, thank you for that.