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Sung by Hannah Snell, alias James Gray, at the New-Wells Goodman's Fields.
Tune of Come and listen to my Ditty, etc.
All ye noble British spirits that midst dangers glory sought, Let it lessen not your merit that a woman bravely fought: Cupid slily first inroll'd me, Pallas next her force did bring, Press'd my heart to venture boldly for my love and for my King.
Sailorlike, to fear a stranger, straight I ventured on the main,
Facing death and every danger, love and glory to obtain;
Tell me, you who hear my story, what could more my courage
move ?— George's name inspired with glory, William was the man I lov'd.
When from William Susan parted she but wept and shook her
hand; I, more bold (tho' tender-hearted), left my friends and native
land; Bravely by his side, maintaining British rights, I shed my blood, Still to him unknown remaining, watch'd to serve and do him
In the midst of blood and slaughter, bravely fighting for my
King, Facing death from every quarter, fame and conquest home to
bring; Sure you'll own 'tis more than common, and the world proclaim
it too, Never yet did any woman more for love and glory do.