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THE SEAMEN TO CHARLES II 53
THE VALIANT SEAMAN'S CONGRATULATION TO HIS SACRED MAJESTY KING CHARLES II
With their wonderfull, heroical atchievements, and their fidelity, loyalty, and obedience.
To the tune of Let us drink and sing, and merrily troul the bowl. Or, The stormy winds do Mow. Or, Hey Ho, my Hony.
Great Charles, your English seamen upon our bended knee, Present ourselves as freemen, unto your Majesty, Beseeching God to blesse you where-ever that you go, So we pray, night and day, when the stormy winds do blow.
In darkest nights, or shipwracks, alwayes we are on our guard :
Of French or Turkish pirats, we never were afraid.
But cal'd stout English sea-men where-ever that we go,
For we make, them to quake, when the stormy winds do blow.
We are your valiant sea-men that brought you out of Spain : And will as war-like free-men your royal cause maintain. If you will give commission to wars with France wee'l go : Then shall we, merry be, when the stormy winds do blow.
'Twas we did sail you over to English ground agen ; And landed you at Dover, with all your noble men. For which we are renowned where-ever we do go : Honour will, tend us still, when the stormy winds do blow.
And now we are a ranging upon the ocean seas, The Frenchmen they are changing and cannot be at ease, For we will make their top-sailes unto our fleet shall bow : Then shall we, merry be, when the stormy winds do blow.
Sometimes our tacklings breaking, our masts are cut in two : Our ships are often leaking, great straits we're put unto. In great tempestuous weather, which few at home doth know, Thus do we, live at sea, when the stormy winds do blow.
When some at home are feeding and cheering up themselves, Then we at sea are bleeding amongst the rocks and shelves. Yet greater dangers ready, still we will undergo, For our King, and will sing, when the stormy winds do blow.