Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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256                     THE BOYNE WATES.
But in the dead time of the night,
They set the field on fire; And long before the morning light,
To Dublin they did retire.
Then said King William to his men,                         es
After the French departed, " I'm glad," said he, " that none of ye
Seemed to be faint-hearted. So sheath your swords, and rest awhile,
In time we'll follow a'ter:"                                      ro
These words he uttered with a smile,
The day he crossed the water.
Come, let us all, with heart and voice,
Applaud our lives' defender, Who at the Boyne his valour shewed,                      7s
And made his foes surrender, To God above the praise we'll give,
Both now and ever a'ter, And bless the glorious memory                                    n
Of King William that crossed the Boyne water.
put himself at the head of his French allies, and led the retreat; the King and the French coming off without a scar." O'Driscol, cited by Croker.