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

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Who should the ladies' pallats please, with spices of the best, If sea-men all should take their ease, and stay at home to rest ? Our gallants they would finde a want of silks to make them fine, And tearing boyes no more would rant if once they wanted wine. A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
Our land it would invaded be if sea-men were not stout; We let our friends come in on sea, and keep out foes without; Our privilege upon the seas we bravely do maintain, And can enlarge it when we please in Royal Charles his reign. A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
Such countries as do lie remote doth tremble at our fame, For we have taught them all to note 'tis England bears the name : In foreign parts where ere we come our valour is well known, What ere they be they dare not mumm, if we say all's our own. A sea-man hath \a valiant heart], etc.
When as our ships with merchandize are safely come to shore, No men like us under the skies to drink, to sing, and rore ; Good wine and beer we freely tope, until the ground look blew : We value neither Turk nor Pope, we are a jovial crew. A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
We kiss our wives when we return, who long for us did wait, And he that's single need not mourn, he cannot want a mate: Young women still are wondrous kinde to sea-men in their need ; And sure it shows a courteous minde to do a friendly deed.' A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
With pretty, courteous, dainty knacks we please the females well, We know what longing women lacks, most surely we can tell; A sea-man is a cock o' th' game, young maidens find it true ; We never are so much to blame to let them want their due. A sea-man hath [a valiant heart], etc.
Thus, gallant sea-men, I have spread abroad your high renown,
Which shall survive when you are dead, and gain a lasting crown:
Your praise to future ages shall most gloriously appear;
Then courage, noble sea-men all, 'tis you I love most dear.
A sea-man hath a valiant heart, and bears a noble minde He scorneth once to shrink or start for any stormy wind.