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

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Here's a health to brave Blakeney, so stout and so bold, Who the fort of St. Philip so bravely did hold; Had he been reinforced by Admiral Byng, He'd not yielded St. Philip unto the French King. Sing tantarara, etc.
And when that he came unto the British shore, The bells they did ring and the guns they did roar, In a full flowing bowl his valour shall ring, Huzza for brave Blakeney and shoot Mr. Byng. Sing tantarara, etc.
I had like to have forgot our brave Captain Carr, When Admiral Byng call'd a council of war; He boldly made answer, ' The King sent all we To defend fort St. Philip, and help brave Blakeney.' Sing, etc.
Then he left Admiral B., and away he did steer, In spite of the guns of the great Galissionere, [sic] In the fort of St. Philip he landed his men, And sank the brave Dolphin in the harbour then. Sing, etc.
So God save our admirals who are loyal and right, For their King and country like Blakeney they'll fight. And those who are treach'rous in a halter let swing, Huzza for brave Blakeney, and God save the King. Sing, etc.
Mr. Cleveland, I pray, to their lordships you'll say
We are glad and rejoice above measure : When you have read what is writ you, you'll laugh till it split you,
And so give me joy of my pleasure.
We'd a wind, you must know, as fair as could blow,
And therefore in days just eleven, We had sail'd from the shore, full ten leagues or more,
And saw nought but the ocean and heaven.