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

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262           SONGS AND BALLADS
Already we have some of their dollars to shew At Liverpool, Guernsey, and London also, And took one of their islands, call'd fam'd Omoa. Oh J the bold blades, etc.
Brave Rodney and Parker have done the thing well, And altho' their admirals made such a swell, Will soon be sent home the news for to tell; They've been drub'd by the blades, etc.
Bold Rodney, we hear, is come up with a foe, Took one man-of-war, and five frigates also, With about eighteen transports, a very smart blow. Oh I the bold blades, etc.
Then come, my true Britons, and fill up the glass To George and his navy; around let it pass, And he that won't pledge it proclaim him an ass; And its, oh 1 the bold blades, etc.
The foes of Old England (France, Holland, and Spain), ,
Made bold by indulgence, insulted the main ;
The flag of defiance together unfurl'd,
And at England, Old England, their vengence they hurl'd :
When Neptune arose from his watry throne;
In a coral [red] suit he most beautifully shone;
He call'd for his tritons, and bade them repair
To the Court of great George, for young William was there.
' He's royal, he's noble, he's chosen by me
This isle to protect and reign prince of the sea.'
O'erjoy'd at the message, the youth rear'd his head. ' I'll fight like a prince,' were the words that he said ; ' The cause of my country I'll boldly espouse ; To the sea I'm wedded, and give her my vows. With Rodney, with Digby, with Ross I will go, And die, but I'll conquer each insolent foe.' The tritons reported the words that he said, And Spain heard the plaudits by Neptune then paid : ' He's royal, he's noble, he's chosen by me Britain's isle to protect and reign prince of the sea.'