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

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At length he descried the foe, sir, Whom he bravely determined to beat,
If he cou'd without striking a blow, sir, Or hurting his Majesty's fleet.
Sing, sing, O brave Admiral Byng.
And when the engagement began, sir, The admiral stuck to his plan;
For he fought without firing a gun, sir, Or loosing a single man.
Sing, sing, O rare Admiral Byng.
West gallantly charg'd in the van, sir, Without dismay or fear;
But Byng, who would not risk a man, sir, Kept cautiously snug in the rear.
Sing, sing, great Rear-Admiral Byng.
At length the French run away, sir, As Frenchmen are apt to do :
But he scorn'd to give them foul play, sir, So he civilly run away too.
Sing, sing, generous Admiral Byng.
For behaving so well in the ocean, At least he deserves well a string;
And if he wou'd sue for promotion, I hope they will give him his swing.
Swing, swing, O rare Admiral Byng !
I said unto brave West, ' Take the van, take the van,' I said unto brave West, 'Take the van.'
I said unto brave West^
' As you like fighting best,
I in the rear will rest, Take the van.'