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THE HONOUR OF BRISTOL.
Showing how the Angel Gabriel of Bristol fought with three (Spanish) Ships, who boarded us many times, whereon we cleared our decks, and killed five hundred of their men, and wounded many more, and made them flye into Cales, where we lost but three men; to the honour of the Angel Gabriel of Bristol.
To the Tune of Our Noble King in his Progress.
Attend you and give ear awhile, and you shall understand Of a battel fought upon the seas, by a ship of brave command; The fight it was so famous, that all men's heart doth fill, And makes them cry, ' To sea, with the Angel Gabriel!'
The lusty ship of Bristol sail'd out adventurously, Against the foes of England, their strength with them to try; Well victual'd, rig'd, and man'd, and good provision still: Which makes men cry, ' To sea, with the Angel Gabriel!'
The captain, famous Netheway, so was he call'd by name ; The master's name John Mines, a man of noted fame; The gunner Thomas Watson, a man of perfect skill: With other valiant hearts, in the Angel Gabriel.
They waving up and down the seas, upon the ocean main :
' It is not long ago,' quoth they, ' since England fought with
Spain ! Would we with them might meet, our minds for to fulfill; We would play a noble bout with our Angel Gabriel.'
They had no sooner spoken, but straight appear'd in sight Three lusty Spanish vessels, of warlike force and might; With bloody resolution they sought our men to spill, And vow'd to make a prize of our Angel Gabriel.
Then first came up their admiral, themselves for to advance; In her she bore full forty-eight piece of ordinance; The next that then came near us was their vice-admiral, Which shot most furiously at our Angel Gabriel.