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

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The first and second day of June,
Put Holland's trumpets out of tune;
Prince Rupert and the Duke to boot,
Have given the Dutch-men all the rout:
So bloudily they cut their coats,
And bruis'd and bang'd and burn'd their boats,
They ne're will offer to displease,
King Charles their Soveraign of the seas.
If number would have won the day, We were less numerous than they; When sixteen Zealand ships came in, If odds would doo't, they needs must win : For they were ninety-six compleate, But who can save, whom Heaven will beat. When God his mercy will express, Unto the Soveraign of the seas.
The Duke with loyalty inrag'd, With fifty, ninety-six ingag'd; But thirty of the Dutch (to meet Prince Rupert) then did quit their fleet, Thinking to seize the Prince by slight, Before their forces could unite: But no such shallow plots as these, Can cheat the Soveraign of the seas.
The Prince and Duke did nobly fayn, Their loyal forces both combine; And on the foaming billows curl'd, They bid defiance to the world : The Dutch ingage with all their powers. And scatter on us shot like showers ; But 'tis not such poor powers, as these, Can quell the Soveraign of the seas.
Almost as swiftly as desir'd, Fourteen of theirs were took and fir'd ; But their Vice-Admiral did meet, Our Duke i' th' front of all his fleet: They were so near they might have clutcht, Almost shook hands, their yard-arms touch'd j But George's broad-side did displease, The foe to th' Soveraign of the seas.