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When Lord Howe beat the French fleet, and took seven of their Ships, viz. La Juste, Sans Pareille, both of 80 guns, LAmerica, LAchille, Northumberland, L'Impdtueux, and the Vengeur, all 74-gun ships, but the Vengeur sunk' very soon after she was taken.
Printed in June 1794.
Come, all ye British hearts of gold,
A glorious tale I will unfold
Of Howe, who fought the French so bold,
On board the Queen Charlotte. On June the first this fight began: Our admiral he led the van; Our shot did play so hot that day The French they try'd to run away,
But Howe took care they should not.
The Charlotte, with Lord Howe therein, This fierce encounter did begin, [And] bravely threw her [broadside] in
Against the French commander, Who found it so hot that day That no longer there could stay, But, crouding sail, he bore away;
He was no salamander.
They left us seven ships that day, So crippl'd, could not get away; Like logs they on the sea did lay,
So hot was their reception. Two of them carried eighty guns, Five seventy-fours were noble ones. Huzza ! huzza ! their admiral runs;
He could get no redemption.
Bravo Bowyer, Pasley, Captain Hutt, Each lost a leg, being sorely hurt;