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CAPTAIN KIDD.
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My repentance lasted not, as I sailed, as I sailed, My repentance lasted not, as I sailed;
My repentance lasted not, my vows I soon forgot, Damnation's my just lot, as I sailed.
I steered from sound to sound, as I sailed, as I sailed, I steered from sound to sound, as I sailed; I steered from sound to sound, and many ships I found, And most of them I burned, as I sailed.
I spyed three ships from France, as I sailed, as I sailed, I spyed three ships from France, as I sailed; I spyed three ships from France, to them I did advance, And took them all by chance, as I sailed.
I spyed three ships of Spain, as I sailed, as I sailed, I spyed three ships of Spain, as I sailed; I spyed three ships of Spain, I fired on them amain, Till most of them was slain, as I sailed.
I'd ninety bars of gold, as I sailed, as I sailed, I'd ninety bars of gold, as I sailed,
I'd ninety bars of gold, and dollars manifold : With riches uncontrolled, as I sailed.
Then fourteen ships I see, as I sailed, as I sailed, Then fourteen ships I see, as 1 sailed; Then fourteen ships I see, and brave men they be, Ah! they were too much for me, as I sailed.
Thus, being overtaken at last, 1 must die, I must die,
Thus being o'ertaken at last, I must die ; Thus, being o'ertaken at last, and into prison cast,
And sentence being passed, I must die.
Farewell the raging sea, I must die, I must die, Farewell the raging main, I must die ;
Farewell the raging main, to Turkey, France and Spain, I ne'er shall see you again, I must die.
To Newgate now I 'm cast, and must die, and must die, To Newgate now I'm cast, and must die; To Newgate I am cast, with a sad and heavy heart, To receive my just desert, I must die.
To Execution Dock I must go, I must go,
To Execution Dock I must go; To Execution Dock will many thousands flock.
But I must bear the shock, I must die.
Come all ye young and old, see me die, see me die, Come all ye young and old, see me die ; Come all ye young and old, you're welcome to my gold, For by it I've lost my soul, and must die.
Take warning, now, by me, for I must die, for I must die, Take warning now by me, for I must die ; Take warning now by me, and shun bad com­pany, Lest you come to hell with me, for I must die.
THE HEAVING OF THE LEAD.
"The Heaving of the Lead" was written for the operatic farce called "Hertford Bridge." James Pearce, author of the words, was an English composer and song-writer of the last half of the eighteenth century. He wrote a comic opera, " Netley Abbey," into which Shield introduced " The Arethusa," to be sung by Incledon. George III. was so fond of this opera, that he called for it more frequently than for any other afterpiece.
William Shield, who composed the air, was a musician of note, born at Smalwell, county of Durham, England, in 1754. His father was a singing-teacher, and instructed his son in the art of music. On his death, William, then nine years old, was apprenticed to a boat-builder. The boy's evenings were given to music, and he started subscription con­certs in the little town. He composed a sacred piece for the consecration of a church, which was much admired, and led to his promotion. He went to London, in 1779, joined the orchestra of the King's band, and became the composer for Covent Garden Theatre. In 1817 he went to Italy to perfect himself in his art. He re-introduced the minor key, which had been almost dropped from English music. He was a favorite in private life, being amiable and benevolent. His death took place in London, January 16, 1829.








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