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This was a good omen, we now understand, And Lewis hates Hague by sea or by land : Old England, etc.
But in our Channel the battel was fought, And so the French fleet in a net was caught,tj
Net was caught, net was caught; And so the French fleet in a net was caught.
Yet Monsieur, expecting that all was his own, On Admirall Russell did boldly bear down : Old England, etc.
He gave a broad-side, which was kindly took, And then the Britannia in thunder spoke,
Thunder spoke, thunder spoke, And then the ' Britannia' in thunder spoke.
Till in musquet shot she fires no gun, In compliment then salutes the French Sun, Old England, etc.
And warms her sides so that for all her might She fairly tows off, and bids us good night: Old England, etc.
Thus have we been taught in a tale or old song, French fury was never known to last long : Old England, etc.
When Tourville had given the signal to flye, His squadrons, as ready, do westward, ho! ply: Old England, etc.
Some of his lame geese, not able to bear Their heads above water, to the bottom they steer: Old England, etc.
The rest we pursue in their stragling flight, And chase the poltrons most part of the night:
Old England, Old England, And hey I for the honour of Old England.
The next morning was foggy; but when it grew clear The chase was renew'd, and so was their fear: Old England, etc.