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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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THE 'GEORGE-ALOE'
rv ' All haile, all haile, you lusty Gallants all!
With hey, &c. Of whence is your fair Ship, and whither do ye call V
And alongst, &c.
v ' We are Englishmen, and bound for Safee,'
With hey, &c. i Ay, and we are Frenchmen, and war upon the sea,
And alongst, &c.
vr ' Amaine, Amaine, you English dogs, hail! '
With hey, cifr. ' Come aboard you French swads, and strike down your sayle,'
And alongst, &c.
VII
They laid us aboard on the Starboard side,
With hey, &c. And they threw us into the Sea so wide,
And alongst, &c.
vn r
When tidings to the George-Aloe came,
With hey, tstc. That the jolly Sweepstake by a Frenchman was ta'en,
And alongst, &c.
IX
' To top, to top, thou little Cabin-boy,
With hey, &c. And see if this French Man-of-War thou canst desay,'
And alongst, &c.
swads] peascods, a cant term for soldiers. 698
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