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Who by the order of the Right Honourable Admiral
. Russel did on the tenth of May perform a brave
exploit on the French, burning thirty-eight sail
of their merchantmen, and taking a man-of-war,
to the great honour of the English nation.
To the Tune of Fond boy, etc.
Joyful tydings I bring; let us merrily sing Till we make the whole nation with triumph to ring ; For an admiral, he, by his conduct at sea, Now has made the poor French-men to come by the lee. This is but the beginning of what we intend For to shew them before the brave summer does end.
A detachment sent out bravely scour'd about Till they put a whole fleet of French ships to the rout; We were four or five sail, who to fight never fail, And the one carry'd fiery flames in her tail. This, etc.
To these merchants of France we did fairly advance; So good was our fortunate, prosperous chance That we put them in fear: to the shore they did steer, While we follow'd with thundering shot in the reer. This, etc.
Some was sailing for Brest and St. Malo's, we guest, To fair Dunkirk with stores and provision the rest; But their voyage we stay'd and fierce havock we made, While our thundering cannons against them we play'd. This, etc.
Quoth the frighted Mounsieur, ' To de shore let us steer, Here is coming five sail of de proud Englateer; Now, begar, let us run from de noise of deir gun, Or dey'll serve us as dey did our dear Rising Sun.' Yet this is but a taste, boys, of what we intend For to give them before the brave summer does end.