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178 SONGS AND BALLADS
The governor to the admiral sent and to him made an offer Of thirty thousand pieces of eight the houses to save did proffer. Which the admiral did accept with a right and free goodwill O, And therefore let the houses stand in the town of Porto Bello.
Their Iron Castle he destroy'd, and all their guns he seized. The Spaniards ne'er was more anoy'd; he did just what he pleased. The South Sea snow he did release, and many a stout English
fellow Whom they had rob'd upon the seas, and carried into Porto
All their brass guns he took away, the iron ones he nailed And then threw them into the sea, before from thence he sailed, Many a jolly sailor's pouch was cram'd with white and yellow, For they from plunder could not be kept in the town of Porto Bello.
Besides, brave Vernon freely gave amongst his men as follows, Who bravely did themselves behave, full thirty thousand dollars, This must their courage animate; each tar is a rich fellow, And this is good encouragement for the taking Porto Bello.
When he had stayed there nineteen' days, with just resentment
fir'd, Their forts demolished and castles rase'd he from them then
retired, But first he to Panama sent' for many a gallant fellow, Who in prison lay confin'd to be brought to Porto Bello.
While trumpets they did loudly sound and colours were displaying, The prizes he with him brought away while sailors were huzzaing. And when they to Jamaica come, a glorious tale to tell O Of the noble action they had done in taking of Porto Bello.
To Admiral Vernon toss off a glass, may heaven protect and
defend him, And when he has the Spaniard thump'd, may a safe return
attend him To Comodore Brown toss another down, and to each gallant
fellow Who did so bravely play their parts at the taking of Porto Bello.