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

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The fight was then so fierce and hot, His hand was bruis'd, his breeches shot; Yet though they came so hotly on, As soon they vanish'd and were gon ; Forty or fifty men of ours, Were kill'd and knock'd down by their powers, Yet some of these (though with much pain) Appear'd upon the decks again.
Prince Rupert like the god of war, Through their fleet shot like a star ; Whose influence like lightning shone, And pierc'd the marrow through the bone : The seas with bloud were much imbru'd, The Dutch-men fled, our men pursu'd, Till none were seen that could displease, King Charles the Soveraign of the seas.
So long as we had powder, we Pursu'd the Dutchmen through the sea; And their du Ruiter, he in whom, They builded all their hopes to come: Four of their greatest ships were sunck, They cry, ' The devil's in the Monck,' Never such men appear'd like these, To guard the Soveraign of the seas.
A gallant ship of theirs was fyr'd, With seventy six guns double tyr'd; Our Henery, a ship of fame, From three fire-ships escap'd the flame : And was so strong beset, that then She lost at least one hundred men. We must indure such hurts as these, To guard the Soveraign of the seas.
By sea, so black and red a fight, No time or age e'er brought to light; The fire and water did contend, Which should first bring them to their end: More valiant men kill'd in three dayes, ■ Then three and twenty years can raise. We can't afford such brunts as these, To guard the Soveraign of the seas.