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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana          315
4.    A bullet from the Irish came,
Which grazed King William's arm; They thought his majesty was slain,
But he received no harm. His general in friendship came,
His king would often caution To shun the spot where bullets hot
Did fly in rapid motion.
5.   "He don't deserve," King William said,
"The name of Faith's defender, That will not venture life and limb
To make his foes surrender." Now let us all kneel down and pray,
Both now and ever after, And let us ne'er forget the day
King William cross'd o'er Boyne-water.
6.     Then said King William to his men,
"Brave boys, we are well armed; And if you'll all courageous be,
We'll venture and take the water." The horse were ordered to march first,
And the foot did follow after, But brave Duke Schomberg2 lost his life
By vent'ring o'er the water.
7.   "Be not dismayed," King William said,
"By the loss of one commander; For God this day shall be our king, And I'll be gen'ral under."
1 Frederick Herman Schomberg, a Dutchman and the most distinguished general of Wil­liam in, was created an English duke in 1689, and placed in command of the expeditionary forces in Ireland.

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