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The Famous Pirate Adventure by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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TO THE HESITATING PURCHASER
If sailor tales to sailor tunes,
Storm and adventure, heat and cold, If schooners, islands, and maroons
And Bucaneers and buried Gold, And all the old romance, retold
Exactly in the ancient way, Can please, as me they pleased of old,
The wiser youngsters of to-day:
—So be it, and fall on! If not,
If studious youth no longer crave, His ancient appetites forgot,
Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave, Or Cooper of the wood and wave:
So be it, also! And may I And all my pirates share the grave
Where these and their creations lie!
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