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186 SONGS AND BALLADS
Little Laughton, our third lieutenant, did at that time great valour
show; King and country's bold defendant, beloved by all that does him
Bring us wine, let it be sherry, fill the glass up to the brink; Drown all sorrows and be merry ; to our noble captain drink. Pray God send our royal master George the Second long to
reign, For to meet with no disaster, but the victory always gain.
ADMIRAL MATTHEWS' ENGAGEMENT AGAINST
THE COMBINED FLEETS OF FRANCE AND
Brave Admiral Matthews has been on the main, With a true British heart, against France and Spain ; Resolving to fight for old England once more, And make them knock under before he gives o'er ; For there never was such a bold fleet, as they say, Sent out by Old England this many a day.
He had not long been on the sea, it is true,
Before [that] in sight there appear'd in his view
Twenty-eight sail of the French and proud Spain,
Who swiftly w[ere] sailing along the salt main.
Then he cry'd, ' My brave boys, look, see how they ride !
I hope in small time we shall soon cool their pride.'
We hoisted our sails, and away then we went, With our guns all ready, and hearts likewise bent, Until that we come to the view of them all ; Then strait our brave admiral unto us did call, At the word of command to make ready with speed, ' For I think the proud Dons will fight us indeed.'
But the wind prov'd contrary, we could not pursue, Altho' that we had them so full in our view ; And for to deceive us they did lay in wait, Thinking we should follow them up to the Straits: Though our good God was pleas'd to alter the wind, Yet fortune unto us it proved unkind.