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'96            SONGS AND BALLADS
It being seventeen leagues from the shore, 'tis wonderful if you do
mind it, Many has search'd for this treasure before, but none had the
fortune to find it Till the brave James and Mary of fame, whom Fortune hath highly
befriended, She most successfully sail'd on the main, and was from all dangers
She was inform'd where this treasure did lye by some that had
gi'en information; Therefore some nobles did freely comply, without any more
disputationi, To fit her forth; this favour they show, it being their free will and
pleasure. With a fair gale to the ocean they go, where they find great plenty
of treasure.
'Twas in the midst of September they went forth in the brave James and Maty,
All the ship's crew with a loyal consent, they being both cheerĀ­ful and airy;
And in short time they there did arrive where they was with rocks so surrounded
That they did hardly know how to contrive to keep themselves from being drown[dJed.
There they was forced some time for to lose, and lye at an anchor
together; As for their engine, they then could not use, because of the
turbulent weather ; Yet at the last to diving they went, where silver and gold they
received; When in the water their breath was near spent they were by their
engine relieved.
Six weeks together they work'd in the cold, still diving in nine
fathom water, Loading their Mary with silver and gold ; then up to fair London
they brought her, Where they received her with delight, as you may observe by the
ditty, And they unloaded her cargo in sight of many brave men of the