A is for Ass, for Ape, and for Ark,
As well as for Ant and for Ann;
B is for Boy, for Bat, and for Bark,
For Bag, and for Bed, and for Bran.
C is for Cow, for Calf, and for Cart,
For Cot, and for Cat, and for Cake;
D is for Dog, for Dame, and for Dart,
And also for Duck and for Drake.
E is for Eye, for Ear and for East,
For Elk, and for Eel, and for End;
F is for Fire, for Fan, and for Feast,
For Fox, and for Frank, and for Friend.
G is for Girl, for Grate, and for Gull;
For Go, and for Gun, and for Gate,
H is for Hen, for Hop, and for Hull,
For Hat, and for Hut, and for Hate.
I is for Ink, for Idler, for Inn,
For Ibex, for Ice, and for 1ll;
J is for Jug, for John, and for Jim,
For Jig, and for Jack, and for Jill.
K is for Kite, for Kid, and for Key,
For Kiss, and for Keg, and for Keep;
L is for Lamb, for Lad, and for Lee,
For Lip, and for Leg, and for Leap.
M is for Mask, for Mary, and Mail,
For Man, and for Map, and for Moon;
N is for Nose, for Net, and for Nail,
For Nut, and for Nest, and for Noon.
O is for Old, for Owl, and for Out,
For Ox, and for Oar, and for Oak;
P is for Play, for Pin, and for Pout,
And also for Pen, Pig, and Pork.
Q is for Quiet, for Quiver, and Quill,
For Quick, and for Queen, and for Quack;
R is for Rabbit, for Rat, and for Rill,
For Rose, and for Ring, and for Rack.
S is for See, for Ship, and for Shop,
For Sister, for Star and for Sun;
T is for Tree, for Ten, and for Top,
For Tub, and for Toad, and for Tun.
U is for Urchin, for Urus, for Urn,
For Use, and for Up, and for Us;
V is for Vend, for Visit, and Vein,
For Vine, and for Vat, and for Vice.
W is for Wagon, for Wig, and for Wing,
For Whale, and for Wine, and for Wrist,
X is for Xerxes, a famous old king,
But for words not a very long list.
Y is for Yoke, for You and for Yell,
For Youth, and for Year, and for Yeast;
Z is for Zebra, for Zany, and Zeal,
For Zephyr, for Zone, and for Zest.
& is a character often times used,
In place of the word A-N-D,
And though not a letter 'tis never refused
A place in the A-B-C.
The twenty-six letters have now all been named,
And I hope you will learn them at once;
Indeed, if you don't you will need be ashamed
To be known for a very great dunce.
While the man was on shore I put up some wine, a large lump of wax, a saw, an axe, a spade, some rope, and all sorts of things that might be of use to us. I knew where the Turk's case of wine was, and I put that in the boat while the man was on shore. By one more trick I got all that I had need of. I said to the boy, "the Turk's guns are in the boat, but there is no shot. Do you think you could get some? You know where it is kept, and we may want to shoot a fowl or two." So he brought a case and a pouch which held all that we could want for the guns. These I put in the boat, and then set sail out of the port to fish.
The wind blew, from the North, or North West, which was a bad wind for me; for had it been South I could have made for the coast of Spain. But, blow which way it might, my mind was made up to get off, and to leave the rest to fate. I then let down my lines to fish, but I took care to have bad sport; and when the fish bit, I would not pull them up, for the Moor was not to see them. I said to him, "This will not do, we shall catch no fish here, we ought to sail on a bit." Well, the Moor thought there was no harm in this. He set the sails, and, as the helm was in my hands, I ran the boat out a mile or more, and then brought her to, as if I meant to fish.
Now, thought I, the time has come for me to get free! I gave the helm to the boy, and then took the Moor round the waist, and threw him out of the boat.
Down he went! but soon rose up, for he swam like a duck. He said he would go all round the world with me, if I would but take him in.
I had some fear lest he should climb up the boat's side, and force his way back; so I brought my gun to point at him, and said, "You can swim to land with ease if you choose, make haste then to get there; but if you come near the boat you shall have a shot through the head, for I mean to be a free man from this hour."
He then swam for the shore, and no doubt got safe there, as the sea was so calm.
At first I thought I would take the Moor with me, and let Xury swim to land; but the Moor was not a man that I could trust. When he was gone I said to Xury, "If you will swear to be true to me, you shall be a great man in time; if not, I must throw you out of the boat too."
The poor boy gave me such a sweet smile as he swore to be true to me, that I could not find it in my heart to doubt him.
While the man was still in view (for he was on his way to the land), we stood out to sea with the boat, so that he and those that saw us from the shore might think we had gone to the straits' mouth, for no one went to the South coast, as a tribe of men dwelt there who were known to kill and eat their foes.
We then bent our course to the East, so as to keep in with the shore; and as we had a fair wind and a smooth sea, by the next day at noon, we were not less than 150 miles out of the reach of the Turk.