Lexicon:Heisa, heisa vorsa, vorsa vou, vou

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Citation: Heisa, heisa vorsa, vorsa vou, vou
Language: perhaps Old English or Norse
References: The Thirteen-Gun Salute, page 28
Meaning: a chant from a sea-shanty


The words may be meaningless — a mid-16th century version, heard by a lowland Scot being sung on an English vessel, runs: heisa, heisa; vorsa, vorsa; vou, vou; one long pull, more power, young blood, more mud... However, the words also bear some similarity to colloquial Italian, issa, issa; forza, forza; su, su, which means heave, heave; come on, come on; up, up.

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