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

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268           SONGS AND BALLADS
Then yard arm and yard arm we by each other ,lay, And sure such noble courage to each other did display; We form'd a resolution to give the French a check, And instantly we boarded' her off the quarter-deck.
Her colours being struck, my boys, she then became our prize, And our young ship's company subdued our enemies, Altho' they were superior in metal and in men. Of such engagement you may seldom hear again.
And now in Portsmouth Harbour our prize is safely moor'd. Success to all brave sailors that enter now on board ; A health to Captain Pellew, and all his sailors bold, Who value more their honour than misers do their gold.
The 28th of May the French fleet hove in sight. Lord Howe he made a signal; resolv'd he was to fight. Then his ships in a line he drew, And cannon balls straight at them flew, Resolv'd the French dogs to subdue, Like brave British boys. .
On the 29th again our ships in line we drew; Resolv'd was each man the action to renew. Admiral Gardiner then the line he broke, Which in our favour spoke, Crying, 'Monsieur, we will make you smoke, Like true British boys.
At last the glorious day, call'd the first of June— So well I do remember, it was about noon— We to windward of them lay, And down to them we bore away, Resolv'd our courage to display, Like brave British boys.