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

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We soon did understand their will, And therefore used our chiefest skill, Resolving there our blood to spill
Rather than lose our Casar : We vow'd she should not be their prey, And therefore, boys, we show'd them play. It was upon the Sabbath day:
No pirates could appease her.
The master, flourishing his sword,
Did comfort to us all afford,
Both seamen, souldiers then on board,
True courage to awaken; Then with one voice we all did cry, ' We are resolved to make them fly, Or in the Casar we will dye,
Rather than to be taken.'
Before the fight we this did do : Our bread into the sea we threw, To make room for the whole ship's crew
To fight and keep foes under: This truth can never be deny'd, ' We soon did quell their haughty pride By giving them a full broadside :
Our cannons roar'd like thunder.
Full five long hours there we fought, In the brave Casar, fierce and stout; At length we put them to the rout
Who aimed at our treasure : We pour'd them in whole showers of lead, So that they tumbled down for dead And in the ocean made their bed,
Where they may lie their leisure.
Their admiral did want to be
Aboard of Ccesar, this we see,
That they might have rich plunder free,
The thing which they delight in : But yet there was not one that dare To come on board of Ccssar there ; They knew their lives we would not spare,
So fierce we was for fighting.