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TORRINGTONIA; OR, A NEW COPY OF VERSES ON THE LATE SEA ENGAGEMENT.
To a Tune Which nobody can deny.
I sing not the battle (so fam'd) of Lepanto, Nor what the Turks got by the siege of Otranto, ' Nor the Spanish Armada so brave and gallanto, Which nobody can deny.
Nor how they were bang'd by invincible Drake, Nor the courage and conduct of excellent Blake, Nor of men that fought bravely when all was at stake, Which nobody can deny.
But,a sort of sea-fight 'tween the French and Hollander, Where th' English had joyn'd, but that their commander-in-chief wou'd not be a with- but a by-stander, Which nobody can deny.
The Dutch to the enemy boldly drew near, But th' admiral o'th English more wisely did steer, For he thought it was safer to keep in the rear, Which nobody can deny.
Grafton ('twas said) came courageously in, And by mauling the French great honour did win, But Torr' was resolv'd to sleep in a whole skin, Which nobody can deny.
Had each ship and its captain but been independant, They'd certainly made a [more] glorious end on't, Then commanded by such a stout superintendant, Which nobody can deny.
Tyrrel and Dorrel did boldly stand to 'em (Thinking to beat the French and to undo 'em), . But th' Admiral only came thither to view 'em, Which nobody can deny. .