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The Turks they are much grieved, altho' they still believed That the French fleet could the English beat,
But now they are deceived ; In Toulon they all do sneak and hide, Whilst Russel in the Straights doth ride, Daring Tourville for to come, and bring out his fleet, Daring Tourville, etc., daring, etc., bring out his fleet, for to fight us.
Since the French are frighted they by the world are
slighted, For Russel the brave is resolved for to have
The English nation righted; He cares not what the French can do, Since the Red squadron and the Blew Are full resolved for to be masters of the sea, Are full resolved for to be, are, etc., masters, etc., in spite of Monsieur.
It being [an] account of a ship so called in her voyage to the East Indies, richly laden, [which] was beset with five sail of Pirates ; but the Caesar so rarely behaved herself that she came off with conquest and put her foes to flight, losing no more than one man, and but seven wounded, one of which was Francis Stevens, a Water-man, who formerly ply'd at Puddle-Dock, who lost his arm.
To the Tune of Cannons rore.
As we was sailing on the main, Well laded with great store of gain, We was in danger to be ta'en :
Five pirates ships appeared, Who sailed up with courage bold, As if they would not be contrould; But we brave noble hearts of gold
Their courage never feared.