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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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26            SONGS AND BALLADS
Golden-seated Candy,
Famous France and Italy, With all the countries of the Eastern parts,
If once their ships his pride with-stood,
They surely all were cloath'd in blood, Such cruelty was plac'd within their hearts.
The riches he hath gain'd,
And by bloodshed obtained, Well may suffice for to maintain a king;
His fellows all were valiant wights,
Fit to be made prince's knights, But that their lives do base dishonors bring.
This wicked-gotten treasure
Doth him but little pleasure ; The land consumes what they have got by sea,
In drunkenness and letchery,
Filthy sins of sodomy, Their evil-gotten goods do wast[e] away.
Such as live by thieving,
Have seldome-times good ending,
As by the deeds of Captain Ward is shown: Being drunk amongst his drabs, His nearest friend he sometimes stabs ;
Such wickednesse within his heart is grown.
When stormy tempest riseth,
The Causer he despiseth, Still denies to pray unto the Lord.
He feareth neither God nor devil,
His deeds are bad, his thoughts are evil, His onley trust is still upon his sword.
Men of his own country
He still abuseth vilely ; Some back to back are cast into the waves ;
Some are hewn in pieces small,
Some are shot against a wall; A slender number of their lives he saves.
Of truth it is reported That he is strongly guarded By Turks that are not of a good belief;