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

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If we the conquest gain, that brings promotion ; If we by chance are slain, then the wide ocean Shall be our watry tomb, near Neptune's palace. This, boys, shall be our doom, in spite of malice.
Who resolved to fight for his King and country; together with his love's sorrowful lamentation at their departure.
To the Tune of I often for my Jenny strove.
' My love, I come to take my leave, yet prithee do not sigh and
grieve, On the wide ocean I will fight, for to maintain the nation's
right: Under noble chief commanders I resolve to take my chance; On board I'll enter, life I'll venture, to subdue the pride of France.'
\ My dear,' said she, 'be not unkind, I shall no peace nor comfort
find; My very heart will break for thee, if thus we must divided be : While thou art with foes surrounded, where the loud-mouth'd cannons roar, This warlike action breeds distraction, I shall never see you more.'
' Let no such fear attend my dear, I hope to be as safe as here; For King and country's good I'll stand, and vow to fight with
heart and hand. rNone but cowards fear to venture, freely will I take my chance; On board I'll enter, life I'll venture, to subdue the pride of France!
The youthful damsel then did cry, ' I'll part with gold and silver
too, Another person to employ, that may be better spared than
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