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

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28            SONGS AND BALLADS
Now many a worthy gallant,
Of courage now most valiant, With him hath put their fortunes to the sea ;
All the world about have heard
Of Dansekar and Captain Ward, And of theirjproud adventures every day.
There is not any kingdom,
In Turkey or in Christendom, But by these pyrates have received loss;
Merchant-men of every land
Do daily in great danger stand, And fear do much the ocean main to cross.
They make children fatherless,
Woful widows in distresse; In shedding blood they [take] too much delight;
Fathers they bereave of sons,
Regarding neither cries nor moans, So much they joy to see a bloody fight.
They count it gallant bearing
To hear the cannons roaring, And musket shot to rattle in the sky ;
Their glories would be at the highest
To fight against the foes of Christ, And such as do our Christian faith deny.
But their cursed villanies,
And their bloody pyracies, Are chiefly bent against our Christian friends ;
Some Christians so delight in evils
That they become the sons of divels, And for the same have many shameful ends.
England suffers danger
As well as any stranger ; Nations are alike unto thisjjcompany ;
Many English merchant-men,
And of London now and then, Have tasted of their vile extremity.
London's Elizabeth Of late these rovers taken hath, A ship well laden with rich merchandize ;