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The pretty little Griffin behaved most manfully,
Like showers of hail from our two ships our fiery balls did fly;
The privateers they all three struck to us immediately,
And from their batteries they fir'd, but could not us come nigh.
We turned [unto] their batteries and briskly fired away,
Until their guns and walls, brave boys, came tumbling in the
sea; Their forces they did run for fear, they were so sorely scar'd, At the pretty little Griffin bold and the Temple man-of-war.
Then further in the harbour two ships we did espy,
Also a strong grand battery, and at them we let fly.
For four days we did stay there, and every night and morn
We did give them a grand salute, and we fired our evening guns.
Two batteries we did then destroy, and five ships took away, And brought them safe to Guadaloupe, where now they all do
stay. There is but one [man] kill'd, behold, and five that wounded are, In the pretty little Griffin bold and the Temple man-of-war.
Give ear, true Britons to my song, and joyful acclamations ; 'Tis the noble deeds now done by our own relations. While Albemarle did command, Pocock and General Keppel: Let Moro Fort, and Spaniards vaunt if Britons be unable.
Against Havannah we set sail, with a fleet of combination ; Land troops we likewise had on board, to pay oft" Spain's
I aggression. We moor'd our ships, and landed our troops, the Spaniards came down raging; But they found we were true British boys, as we their fury were swaging.
We chac'd the Spaniards thro' the woods, and hunted them like
mawkin, And turn'd up hundreds in their fuds, the rest ran homeward