The poem that Robert Newton
recites at the beginning of most episodes ("If sailor tales and sailor tunes...") is entitled "To the Hesitating Purchaser" and the author, Robert Louis Stevenson
, attached it as a preamble to his novel "Treasure Island". See more
[opening narration to most episodes
Capt. Long John Silver
If sailor tales and sailor tunes, / Storm and adventure, heat and cold, / If schooners, islands and maroons / And buccaneers 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 today... So be it! Ar-har! And fall on!