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

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' A Sayle, a Sayle, under our lee!
With hey, Zsfc. Yea, and another that is under her obey! '
And alongst, &c.
' Weigh anchor, weigh anchor, O jolly Boat-swain I
With hey, &c. We will take this Frenchman, if we can,'
And alongst, &c.
We had not sayl'd leagues two or three.
With hey, &c. But we met the French Man-of-War upon the Sea,
And alongst, &c.
xm ' All haile, All haile, you lusty Gallants hail!
With hey, &c. Of whence is your faire Ship, and whither do ye sayl ?'
And alongst, &c.
' O, we are Merchant-men and bound for Safee,'
With hey, &c. ' Ay, and we are Frenchmen, and war upon the sea,
And alongst, &C.
xv ' Amaine, Amaine, you English Dogges, hail !'
With hey, &c. ' Come aboard, you French rogues, and strike down your sayl! '
And alongst, &c.
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