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

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The second broadside we gave to them their ensign staff came
down. 1 Well done, my boys !' our captain cries; ■ they see us in Hallen
stream town How we do use their shipping so nigh unto their shore.' And the people stood a-looking on, and heard our great guns
For five-and-twenty minutes so swift we sent them shot, Our action it was very short, but it was very hot. Whilst they sung out for quarter, our captain he did say, ■ Avast, my boys, with honour, we've shown them British play.
* The action being over, and the pris'ners safe on board, We'll keep safe below, my boys, and toss a can of grog. And when we come to Portsmouth, with a girl on each knee, We'll spend our money cheerfully, and then again to sea.'
It is now for to finish this my warlike song, I am a saucy foremast Jack, to the Arrow do belong. In praise of Captain Portlock and his officers we'll sing, And not forgetting the Arrow's crew, and long live George our King !
Of Nelson and the north,
Sing the day, When, their haughty powers to vex, He engaged the Danish decks ; And with twenty floating wrecks
Crowned the fray.
All bright, in April's sun,
Shone the day, When a British fleet came down Through the islands of the Crown, And by Copenhagen town
Took their st