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Now we are all taken, and to Leith we do come Before Captain Neper to receive our doom. We were that night in two barns as we were ne'er before, Or we had broke some of these ruffians' heads and made them for to roar. We'll go, etc.
He told us we might enter if that we would pay Forty shillings a man to the rogue that did us betray ; But Neper's high offer we rejected with disdain, But we'll fight for our King against France and against Spain. We'll go, etc.
But I hope in short time sweet peace will be restor'd, And the Devil will have Neper tho' we're in the hold. When peace is restor'd to Leith we will come, To pay Neper and his men for what they have done. We'll go, etc.
Come, all you jolly seamen that to Greenland do go, We wish you good success, alltho' we go no more, For we are forced to serve the King on board of a man-o-war; But expects to return with gold and silver store. We'll go, etc.
Each bold British tar,
Who ne'er dreads wound or scar, Now to honour and glory advance;
Never let it be told
That Britons so bold Shall stoop to be conquer'd by France.
This American war
Had ne'er gone on so far Had they not been supported by France;
But Keppel so brave,
Such music he'll have, Will teach them the Old English dance.