Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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254                     THE BOYNE "WATEIt.
And often did cry vehemently, That they would stop their courses.
A bullet from the Irish came,
Which grazed King William's arm;
They thought his majesty was slain,                       15
Yet it did him little harm.
Duke Schomberg then, in friendly care,
His king would often caution To shun the spot where bullets hot
Retain'd their rapid motion.                                   20
But William said—" He don't deserve
The name of Faith's defender, That would not venture life and limb
To make a foe surrender."
When we the Boyne began to cross,                     
The enemy they descended; But few of our brave men were lost,
So stoutly we defended. The horse was the first that marched o'er,
The foot soon followed a'ter,                                so
But brave Duke Schomberg was no more,
By venturing over the water.
When valiant Schomberg he was slain,
King William thus accosted His warlike men, for to march on,                           35
And he would be the foremost. " Brave boys," he said, " be not dismayed
For the losing of one commander; For God will be our king this day,
And I'll be general under."                                   to