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Their lives they valu'd but as dirt, When that their country call'd them.
Poor Montague was kill'd that day;
'Twas by their shot, which fierce did play
Before the French they ran away, When we so sorely maul'd them.
Of French ships there were twenty-six When first upon them we did fix. We valu'd not their Gallic tricks,
We had but twenty-five sail; We being British sailors bold, Who value honour more than gold, Our courage has been try'd of old,
We ever will prevail.
So since these French ships are brought in, In honour of great George, our King, In praise of sailors let us sing,
And drink to each brave tar, sir; For they are lads to win the day, And drive the boasting French away ; To face our shot they will not stay,
Our fame is heard afar, sir.
Written by a lieutenant of the Bellerophon, the flag ship of Rear-Admiral Pasley.
The First Part of it was written after the action on the 29th of May, and was sung in full chorus in the wardroom of that ship on the evening of the 31st May, the night previous to the battle, which ended so gloriously for the British Arms.
The Second Part was added immediately after that great event.
To the Tune of / was, d'ye see ? a Waterman.
'Twas on the twenty-eighth of May, the morning being clear, A fleet to windward we espy'd; they Frenchmen did appear.