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THE GREENLAND MEN 251
The first meal that they gave us was calavances and.salt beef,
Which made us curse fortune and wish for some relief;
We lying in this condition, for Ireland Captain Ray in did
push Unto the Irish Channel, where he was bound to cruise. We'll go, etc.
They had not cruised many days, but only four or five, Until they spied the Friends brig and soon made her a prize ; But cruising two days longer in breast of Boron Head, Which proved to our advantage, they took the Jenny brig. We'll go, etc.
Ransom being made for her, it being all agreed For to knock off our irons and put us aboard with speed, We're now on board the Jenny. To Glasgow she is bound, And to secure us from the press we landed in a Highland sound. We'll go, etc.
Now to our joy and comfort we're landed all on shore, And to Newcastle we are bound, to see our friends once more. But travelling thro' the Highlands, the people, very poor, They scarce would admit us to come within their door. We'll go, etc.
We being in this condition we travelled long and sore, But as we came to the southward more pity they did show, At last meeting with one John Robson, who proved very kind, And for three days he kept us and maintained us like a friend. We'll go, etc.
After this refreshment on our journey we do proceed, But coming near to Edinburgh we met a rogue indeed, Who pretended to be our friend, but [with] an evil eye, For then he did deceive us, as we in the barns did lie. We'll go, etc.
Next morning after two o'clock 50 of Neper's gang Came with sword and pistol to take 10 naked men. They finding us able seamen, as we knew very well, They gave us such an offer as is a shame to tell. We'll go, etc.