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

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'Tis known what hardships we endure abroad upon the seas, Whilst others sleep at home secure, and spend their time in ease; We seldom dare lie down to rest, lest danger should ensue ; Our heads with care is sore opprest: beleeve me, it is true ! A sea-man hath a valiant heart, etc.
A cowardly spirit must not think to prove a sea-man bold, For to be sure he may not shrink in dangers manifold ; When sea-fights happen on the main, and dreadful cannons rore, Then all men fight, or else be slain [and braggarts proud look poor.
A sea-man hath a valiant heart, etc.~\
'Tis sea-men stout that doth deserve both honour and renown ; In perils great we may not swerve, though Neptune seem to
frown ; If once his curled front we spy, drencht in the foamy brine, Then each man doth his business ply, there's none that doth
A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
When angry billows brush the skye, most hideous to behold, Then up our ships are tost on high, and with the waves are
roull'd ; When tempest fierce our sails doth tear, and rends the masts
asunder, O ! then we have great cause to fear, or else it were a wonder. A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
Great rocks which lye amongst the waves do threaten us with
death, And many sea-men finde their graves in sands which are
beneath ; To see the masts of ships appear, which hath been cast away, Would make a land-man dye with fear, 'tis best at home to stay. A sea-man hath a valiant heart, and bears a noble minde, etc.
Brave England hath been much inricht by art of navigation; Great store of wealth we home have fetched for to adorn our
nation: Our merchants still we do supply with traffick that is rare; Then, sea-men, cast your caps on high, we are without compare.
A sea-man hath a valiant heart, and bears a noble minde;
He scorneth once to shrink or start for any stormy wind.