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66             SONGS AND BALLADS
On Whitsunday the Duke did send His men for cure, and ships to mend Unto our English coast, where care Is taken for their swift repair: These cards thus dealt, out of the lump, The Royal Katherine turn'd up trump. A sacrifice which doth appease The Royal Soveraign of the seas.
To summe up all, 'tis thought they are Unfit to raise another war ; 'Tis much presum'd, 'cause they did fail, When they had made out all their sayl: These are some of those warlike tricks, Becket presag'd in sixty six. Yet alwayes such events as these Secure the Soveraign of the seas.
Truely manifested in a happy victory obtained against the Dutch Fleet, by his Majesties Royal Navy, under the conduct of his Highness Prince Rupert, and his Grace the Duke of Albemarle upon the 25 and 26 of July 1666. In which Naval Fight we put the Dutch to a total rout, burnt and sunk several of their best ships, and in conclusion forct them shamefully to run away. Our own losses being very inconsiderable, onely the Resolution burnt and two Captains kill'd : our General and all the rest of our Fleet, being safe and in a very good condition.
The tune is, A fig for France, and Holland too, or, Round about the Hollow Tree.
Rejoyce, rejoyce, brave English boys, For now is the time to speak our joys ; The routed Dutch are run away, And we' have clearly won the day ;