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

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224          SONGS AND BALLADS
For though they came in thousands on, our fire would make them
scatter, But we true Britons kept our ground, while blood did run like
The Spaniards judg'd the Moro's fort the Briton's strength would
banter, But when we blew it up i' the air, they tuned another chanter. Bold Harvey with three noble ships their walls by sea did batter, While we bombarded it on land, and did their out-works clatter.
But never was heard such woful thuds as the Cambridge and
Marlborough [did give 'em] The Dragon fired as brisk as they, but for smoak none could
perceive them. The Cambridge got her captain shot, and a hundred more beside
him, Brave Harvey then his station quit, for five long hours he try'd
But finding it bomb and cannon proof, we then did give it over, And sprung a mine below their walls, which split the rocks in
shivers. Some Spaniards went up with the blast, which made their fellows
wonder, Such a hideous roar ne'er heard before, it far exceeded thunder.
Then we approach'd upon a breach, our firelocks cock'd and
ready, Where the Spaniards met us for a brush, imploring on their Lady To aid Velasco a Spaniard bold, a valiant sea commander, Who vow'd for to defend his fort, while Marza kept up his
O, then began the bloody fray, with bayonets and broad swords
champing, Through bones and bellies we made our way, and dying men
under us trampling; Of seven hundred Spaniards here, scarce left alive was eighty, 'Velasco by his standard fell, whose deeds were counted mighty.
Then to Havannah we did march, and trenches rais'd like
mountains, Then cut away their water pipes, which supplied them with fresh