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18 SONGS AND BALLADS
A JOYFUL NEW BALLAD, DECLARING THE
HAPPIE OBTAINING OF THE GREAT
Wherein Don Pietro de Valdez was the chiefe, through the mightie power and providence of God, being a special token of his gracious and fatherly goodness towards us, to the great encouragement of all those that willingly fight in the defence of his gospel, and our good Queene of England.
To the Tune of, Mounseurs Almaigne
0 noble England, fall doune upon thy knee,
And praise thy God with thankfull hart, which still maintaineth
thee. The forraine forces, that seekes thy utter spoile : Shall then through his especiall grace be brought to shamefull
foile. With mightie power they come unto our coast : To over runne our countrie quite, they make their brags and boast. In strength of men they set their onely stay, But we upon the Lord our God will put our trust alway.
Great is their number of ships upon the sea ; And their provision wonderful, but, Lord, thou art our stay. Their armed souldiers are many by account, Their aiders eke in this attempt doe sundry waies surmount. The Pope of Rome, with many blessed graines, To sanctify their bad pretense, bestowed both cost and paines. But little land, be not dismaide at all;
The Lord no doubt is on our side, which soone will worke their fall.
In happie houre our foes we did descry,
All under saile with gallant wind as they cam passing by.
Which suddaine tidings to Plymmouth being brought,
Full soone our Lord high Admirall for to pursue them sought.
And to his traine coragiously he said:
' Now for the Lord and our good Queene to fight be not afraide.
Regard our cause, and play your partes like men :
The Lord no doubt will prosper us in all our actions then.'