Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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THE BOYNE TVATER.                     253
This momentous battle was fought on the 1st of July, 1690. James had a strong position and thirty thousand men, two thirds of whom were a worthless rabble. William had thirty-six thousand splendid soldiers. The loss on neither side was great. Of James's troops there fell fifteen hundred, the flower of his army; of the conqueror's not more than five, but with them the great Duke of Schomberg. The present version of this ballad is from Choker's His­torical Songs of Ireland, p. 60, given from a MS. copy in the editor's possession.
July the first, in Oldbridge town,
There was a grievous battle, Where many a man lay on the ground,
By the cannons that did rattle, King James he pitched his tents between              s
The lines for to retire; But King William threw his bomb-balls in,
And set them all on fire.
Thereat enraged, they vow*d revenge,
Upon King William's forces;                              10
1. The Dutch guards first entered the river Boyne at a ford opposite to the little village of Oldbridge.—Ceokbr.