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

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190          SONGS AND BALLADS
There were thirty of them boarded us, a dreadful sight to see, I could not get my gun to fire, and sore it did grieve me.
A blunderbuss I took in hand, and did them sweetly bang; Some we drove into the sea, and some on the deck lay slain.
And the rest of them that was left alive, their arms we took from
them; And stowed them close down in their hold, till to England we
We began at four in the afternoon, and fought while eight at
night; And before we had fired at her larboard side on her we 'spyed a
No sooner [had] we fired at her, no more of her we could see, God knows whether we sunk her, or whether she run away.
The Heavens above alone did us love, o'er our enemies to
prevail; So we set sail and away we came, with a fine and pleasant gale.
When to old England we come, and our merchants do hear of
the same, I hope they will some kindness shew, and reward us for our pains.
If every Englishman like us would fight upon the sea, They need not fear to sail the seas, nor to face the enemy.
Come all you jolly sailors that to the seas are bent, I'll tell you of a story that shall make your hearts relent, It's of the Princess Royal, that gallant ship of fame, Commanded by bold Captain Lee by name.
On the seventh of February from the Nore we did sail, Our topsails a flying with a fine and pleasant gale, But no further then the Gun-fleet that night could we go Where we lost our pinnance and three men in her also.