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There you might see the shipps, how they were fired fast, And how the men drowned them selves in the sea :
There you may hear them cry, wail and weep piteously, When as they saw no shift to escape thence away. Dub-a-dub, etc.
The great Saint Philip, the pryde of the Spanyards, Was burnt to the bottom, and sunke in the sea;
But the Saint Andrew, and eke the Saint Matthew We took in fight manfully, and brought them away. Dub-a-dub, etc.
The Earl of Essex, most valyant and hardy,
With horse-men and foot-men march'd towards the towne The enemies which saw them, full greatly affrighted,
Did fly for their safe-guard, and durst not come downe. Dub-a-dub, etc.
' Now,' quoth the noble Earl, ' courage, my soldiers all !
Fight and be valiant, the spoyl you shall have; And [be] well rewarded all, from the great to the small;
But looke that the women and children you save !' Dub-a-dub, etc.
The Spaniards, at that sight, saw 'twas in vain to fight, Hung up their flags of truce, yielding the town;
We march'd in presently, decking the walls on high With our English colours, which purchas'd renown. Dub-a-dub, etc.
i Ent'ring the houses then, and of the richest men,
For gold and treasure we searched each day ; In some places we did find pye baking in the oven, Meat at the fire roasting, and folkes fled away. Dub-a-dub, etc.
Full of rich merchandize every shop we did see, Damasks, and sattins, and velvets full fair;
Which soldiers measure out by the length of their swords, Of all commodities each one hath a share. Dub-a-dub, etc.
Thus Cales was taken, and our brave generall March'd to the market-place, where he did stand;
There many prisoners of good account were took ; Many craved mercy, and mercy they found. Dub-a-dub, etc.