They come from the seas to Ther arts delight
they come thro the holes all sailors with Delight
ther hart and ..for freely ... they feringg (?)
with the seas They come to thir Buars to studdy the law .... brown rann(?) we thir vissadge n. to with The was ... ... ... ... ... ... ... thir for an Foe hsenugers reef idiaz (?) smiley John Faithfull Writ at trinadad laying in asham^Bay late on one summer night ….month of June My …. And your All … ple.. made my bark a thort the tide And my crew they went to sleep ... Hale … keep a Lookout ... For fish all in the deep
"Arts delight," following "all my art Tom" on another leaf, must be "heart's delight." "Studdy the law" is a mystery, although it's one of the plainest lines on this page. Trinidad would have had many people with a "brown vissadge" ... but what of it? I have mentioned elsewhere that there were (and are) many men with the name "John Faithful" or "Faithfull" -- though I have not found any who have any specific Franklin connection. The whole piece has the air of a ballad of the sea, as many of its key phrases are common to that genre. "Heart's Delight" was a name given to a number of vessels, as well as to harbor on the Trinity South Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Asham" is clear enough -- "Bay" is inserted at right angles, but its placement seems clear.