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THE BOATSWAIN'S CALL 97
Carts heavy loaden came through the town, on which the whole
multitude gazed; This to the seamen hath purchac'd renown, no question but they
may be praised : Still far and near their fame let it ring, and let them be highly
commended, Since they did venture so hard in this thing, and was with a
But here is one thing we must not forget: while they were the
treasure possessing, On the great rocks they might soon have been split had not
Heaven yielded a blessing ; Or while they search'd the depth of the main, to hazards they
could be no strangers ; Yet men and boys came all safe home again, tho' they had gone
through such dangers.
THE BOATSWAIN'S CALL; OR, THE COURAGIOUS MARRINER'S INVITATION TO ALL HIS BROTHER SAILERS TO FORSAKE FRIENDS AND RELATIONS FOR TO FIGHT IN THE DEFENCE OF THEIR KING AND COUNTRY.
To the Tune of The Ring of Gold.
Stout seamen, come away, never be daunted; For if at home you stay, then is it granted The fleet can never be mann'd for the ocean, To fight the enemy and gain promotion.
Lewis, that Christian Turk, makes preparation; His engines are at work in consultation , Thinking to ruin quite all Christian princes ; But we their wrongs will right, at life's expences.
The mighty force of France we never value; For when we once advance we will not dally, But on the ocean wide (through blest permission) We'll soon subdue their pride and grand ambition.