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

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266           SONGS AND BALLADS
Come, all ye young seamen that plow on the main, Oh ! have you not heard of the valiant ship of fame ? Her name it is the Robin Hood, as you have been told; She's commanded by Little-John, of courage so bold.
I'll tell you of a fight, boys, and how it did begin. It was in Gibraltar Gut, which is near unto Apes Hill; It was three privateers that belonged unto Spain, Who thought our British courage for to stain.
I'll tell you, brother sailors : it was on a calm day, Then one of the privateers they boarded us straightway : They hove in their powder flasks and their stink-pots, But we repaid them with our small shot.
They being in number three hundred and more, And is not equal, you'll say, unto threescore: But now I will tell you the courage of our men, That we valu'd them not, if they had been ten.
Our small arms did rattle, and our great guns did roar, Till one of them we sunk, and the other run ashore; Such a slaughter we made as you seldom shall see, Till an hundred and eighty we drown'd in the sea.
Our fight being over, and our fray being done, And every man then scowering his gun, And every man to a full flowing bowl; Here's a health to all British loyal souls.
There's one thing more does trouble our mind ; It's for to leave our chief mate, that noble soul, behind, But he being wounded most desperate sore, We were forced for to leave him at Gibraltar.