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THE BOTOE WATER. 255
Then stoutly we the Boyne did cross,
To give our enemies battle; Our cannon, to our foes great cost,
Like thundering claps did rattle, In majestic mien our prince rode o'er, «
His men soon followed a'ter; With blows and shouts put our foes to the route,
The day we crossed the water.
The Protestants of Drogheda
Have reasons to be thankful, so
That they were not to bondage brought,
They being but a handful. First to the Tholsel they were brought,
And tied at Milmount a'ter, But brave King William set them free, 55
By venturing over the water.
The cunning French, near to Duleek
Had taken up their quarters, And fenced themselves on every side,
Still waiting for new orders. 60
54. "After the tattle of the Boyne, the Popish garrison of Drogheda took the Protestants out of prison, into which they had thrown them, and carried them to the Mount; where they expected the cannon would play, if King William's forces besieged the town. They tied them together, and set them to receive the shot; but their hearts failed them who were to defend the place, and so it pleased God to preserve the poor Protestants."—Memoirs of Ireland, cfc, cited by Croker.
67. " When, in the course of the day, the battle approached James's position on the hill of Donore, the warlike prince retired to a more secure distance at Duleek, where he soon