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

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To the top, to the top, my merry boatswain, to the main-top-mastĀ­head so high,
And sling me here that main-top-mast-yard, and see your busiĀ­ness you supply.
To the top, to the top, my boatswain's mate, to the fore-top-mast head with speed
And sling me here that fore-top-sail-yard, for we never had more need.
' To the top, to the top, my little cabin-boy, to the mizen-top-
mast-head so high, And spread abroad St. George's flag, for under that we live or
die.' O then bespoke our gunner bold, and a well bespoken man was
he, 'Swab your guns, brave boys, while they're hot, for powder and
ball you shall have free.'
' Keep aluff, keep aluff,' says the master's mate, ' keep aluff, whilst
that you may. We'l fight it out like English boys ; it ne'er shall be said we run
away.' So to it we went like lions bold, as enemies do when they meet; We fought from twelve to sun-rising, and spared but one sail of
their fleet.
0  three we burnt, and three we sunk, and the other three run
away; And one we brought to old England, to shew them we had won
the day. All you that know our gallant ship, and want to know our captain's
1   is Captain Mansfield of Bristol Town, and the Marygold, a ship
of fame.