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212                                ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC
" The Catholick Ballad, or an Invitation to Popery, upon considerable grounds and reasons, to the tunc of Eighty-eight" It is in black-letter, with a bad copy of the tune, and another (No. 1103), dated 1674. It mil also be found in Pills to purge Melancholy, 1707, ii. 32, or 1719, iv. 32. It commences thus: " Since Popery of late is so much in debate, And great strivings have been to restore it, I cannot forbear openly to declare That the ballad-makers are for it."
This song attained some popularity, because others are found to the tune of The Catholic Ballad.
The following are the two ballads on the Spanish Armada; the first (with the tunc) as in the Harl. MS., and the second from Westminster Drollery.
Spain, with Biscay and Portugal,
Toledo and Grenada; All these did meet, and made a fleet,
And call'd it tbe Armada.
Where they had got provision, As mustard, pease, and bacon ;
Some say two ships were full of whips, But I think they were mistaken.
There was a little man of Spain
That shot well in a gun-a, Don Pedro3 hight, [called] as good a knight
As the Knight of the Sun-a.
King Philip made him admiral, And charg'd him not to stay-a,
But to destroy both man and boy, And then to run away-a.
■ The person meant by Don Pedro was the Duke of Medina Sidonia, commander of the -Spanish fleet. His
The King of Spain did fret amain, And to do yet more harm-a;
He sent along, to make him strong, The famous Prince of Parma.
When they had sail'd along the seas,
And anchor'd upon Dover, Our Englishmen did board them then,
And cast the Spaniards over.
Our Queen was then at Tilbury, What could you more desire-a ?
For whose sweet sake Sir Francis Drake Did set them all on fire-a.
But let them look about themselves,
For if they come again-a, They shall be serv'd with that same sauce
As they were, I know when-a.
name was not Pedro, but Alonzo Perez di Guzman.