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And if we meet a privateer, or a lofty man of war,
We never stand to wrangle, to jangle, or to jar;
We give them a broadside, and say, ' My lads, take care, 0,
And keep your proper distance from an English man-of-war, 0.'
And if they will not fight us, but from us run away, All with our heavy chain-shot we'll cut their masts away, And if they will not yield to us, nor unto us surrender, We'll split their ship in pieces and to the bottom send her.
As for the brags of Washington, we care not a pin ; We will fire at his breastworks and make him let us in ; Our bomb-shells and cannons shall roar like mighty thunder, And by our constant firing we will make them to surrender.
And when the wars are over, if fortune saves our lives,
We will bring great store of riches to our sweethearts and our
wives, And drink a health unto the lad that has a heart to enter ; That man can never gain a prize that is afraid to venture.
Good people of Old England, come, listen unto me, All you who live at home at ease, and from all dangers free, What I'm a-going to mention, and to you shall declare, Concerning part of our fleet as they a-cruising were.
It is of a late action, as for a truth we hear, As part of our British fleet for Charles Town they did steer; As we the river sailed along the provincials they begun ; The Bristol, most unfortunate, she on the bar did run.
Then from the town and batteries they fired on us amain With red-hot shot all from the shore, on board of us they came ; And seeing us lie on the bar, their intentions was so, Our gallant ship for to blow up and prove our overthrow.
But thro' God's Providence so great prevented their desire, Tho' with their shot, that came so hot, they set us twice on fire ; But soon we out the flames did put, our gallant seamen brave They did their best endeavours their precious lives to save.