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

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156          SONGS AND BALLADS
Who took a hundred sail of laden transports from the French, which he sent to Barcelona.
To the Tune of Thursday in the morn, etc.
Now of noble, hardy men of might,
And those that with valour can heartily maintain In the bloody field King Charles' right, To make him happy on the royal throne of Spain,
Of these I mean to sing
While fame is on the wing,
Glad tydings to convey,
How we the other day Did many laden transports take
On the seas, with much ease, By the right renowned Sir John Leake.
Now the French have lost their trusty friend,
Who used to'inform them of all our | State affairs ; On his letters they did still depend,
By which we oft were drawn into fatal snares;
He's gone, he's gone with shame.
Now valiant men of fame
Can prosper when they go,
And daunt the daring foe, Making their stubborn hearts to ake,
As they find Fortune kind To the right renowned Sir John_Leake.
Under his command the royal fleet
With transports and tenders was for Lisbon bound. This passage 'twas his chance to meet The French, which he did manfully encompass round,
A hundred sail and more,
As they was passing o're
Towards the banks of Spain,
All loaded well with grain. We ninety of those barks did take,
Which was there, by the care Of the right renowned Sir John Leake.