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

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And now to conclude of brave Hornsby so bold,
I wish he was master of a million of gold;
For fighting so boldly against the proud French,
And laying them low in a watery trench.
Tho' he had but one man to the Frenchman's ten,
Yet he sunk both his vessel, and drown'd all his men.
Captain Cobb in Lynn doth dwell, a man of worthy fame, He went on board the bold Bacchus, a ship of lovely'fame, fal lal lal, etc.
From Lynn to Port there we were bound, and for to load with
wine; And as we were returning home, a privateer espyed.
Our master bold said, ' Every man stand true [un]to his gun ; And let us give them a full broadside, and see if we can them shun.'
No sooner we had fired at them, but the Spaniards returned the
same; We tacked our ship about again, and gave them [a] thump for their
The second broadside the Spaniard [fired] they wounded our
captain sore, ' For quarters, quarters,' our captain [cried]; ' No, damn it,' the
boatswain swore,
' Go you down into your cabin, and leave all things to me ; I'll warrant I'll make them all stand true, and will gain the victory.'
We had no more than fourteen men, and two boys which made
sixteen; We fought with a hundred and twenty-four men, and cleared our
way of them.