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

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86           SONGS AND BALLADS
Brave Harman, who fought where the battel was hot, Was struck through the cheek with a chance musket shot, But yet there is hopes he'l recover again And live for to win more renown on the main ; However his valour is highly extol'd, 'Mongst our English worthies he shall be enrol'd, Who fought for true honour, glad tydings to bring, How well he had serv'd both his countrey and King.
Then cheer up, brave seamen and Englishmen bold You here, by this story, which here I have told, No sea-men nor souldiers can with us compare ; Although they have odds yet to fight them we dare. Throughout the whole world a terrour shall prove If we can continue in union and love : And thus you may see by these lines I have writ, How stout Captain Harman did conquer De Wit.
Our goodly ship was loaded deep, with anchors three beneath her
bow; 'Twas east-north-east we steer'd our course, and as near the wind
as we could stow. We had not sailed glasses three, nor yet ten leagues from our
loading port, Before we spyed ten Turkish men-of-war, and after us they did
* O hail! O hail! you English dogs, O hail! and strike your sails
quickly, For you shall go with us this night, and ever after into slavery.' O then bespoke our captain bold, and a well bespoken man
was he, ' If you must have my topsails down, come on board and strike
them for me.