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

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And now with Bully Tourville I'll ingage, And try my fortune on a floating stage. What blustring tarr at this dares take offence, While I stand thus to prove my just pretence? Will he pretend to fight better than I ? Ad's death I'd tell him, ' Damn you, sir, you lye, And then I'd ask him how they fought at Rye. Your Bantry business too was but a fetch, Where you call'd running, battering at a stretch; But you'll reply your leaders were to blame, While I condemn you all to bear the shame. For who the Divel e'er refus'd his meat Because another had no mind to eat ? The Dutch were drunk, you barbarously say. Pray, next, do you be drunk too, so you stay, For 'twas your sober fighting lost the day. Old Albemarle wou'd say that men of war In navy stunk not half enough of tarr. Your o'ergrown pages and attorney's clerks To fight and govern fleets are proper sparks. Then let the spruce land-pirats be content To swagger in their native element, And let tarpawlings rule by my consent: For things now look as if men took commission To damn all discipline and sow sedition, And fighting was the least of their ambition; No matter who comes home with broken bones, So you but come to touch the patacoons. The pitch of honour is desire of money ; That paltry, coward vice has quite undone ye. You court preferment on no other score But to be poorly rich, or basely poor: For who would not propose a trip to Spain That has within his prospect double gain, To line his pockets, and to save his skin ? For none must fight with merchants' money in. Your heads run round with Mexico and Sevil; I wish this shipping plate was at the Devil. Wou'd the good King had but a just relation, What infamy, what sums 't has cost the nation ! He'd quickly damn your trade of importation, And add it to the Act of Navigation. ' But how then shall we live ?' ye murm'rers say. 'S life ! can't you be content with double pay ? Shew us your twofold merit, sirs, I pray.