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ADMIRAL DUNCAN 285
On board the Ardent, known so well, Brave Captain Burgess boldly fell; His loss we mourn, but fame shall tell
His worth to future ages. Our efforts they could not evade, Two admirals we prisoners made ; Ships of the line we captured nine : In a battered state the rest retreat, To weep at home their sad defeat
On the glorious eleventh of October.
Let every loyal Briton sing
God save great George our King !
And in her train may Victory bring
Long peace unto our nation ; To Duncan and his tars success, Who did the Dutch so warmly dress; And Vincent bold, who Spain controul'd ; With Home also, who aim'd a blow That brought the fleet of Gallia low.
Success to all true Britons !
A NEW SONG ON THE ENGAGEMENT FOUGHT BETWEEN THE MARS AND LA HERCULE [sic] APRIL 21, 1798.
Bright honor now calls—each true Briton attend Unto these few lines which here I have penn'd. I sing of a battle that was fought at sea, The Mars was the British, the French ship HercuU.
Then fill up a glass to each tar stout and good, Success to each seaman—a tear for brave Hood.
We were cruising off Brest when the French we did spy: We quickly gave chase, but they from us did fly;' We crouded each sail and gave them a broadside, Fought them more than two hours and lower'd their pride.