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

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In arms the Danish shore
Proudly shone : By each gun the lighted brand In a bold, determined hand, And the Prince of all the land
Led them on.
For Denmark here had drawn
All her might: From her battleships so vast She had hewn away the mast, And at anchor, to the last
Bade them fight.
Another noble fleet
Of their line Rode out; but these were nought To the batteries which they brought Like Leviathans afloat
In the brine.
It was ten of Thursday morn
By the chime, As they drifted on their path There was silence deep as death, And the boldest held his breath
For a time—
Ere a first and fatal round
Shook the flood. Every Dane looked out that day, Like the red wolt on his prey ; And he swore his flag to sway
O'er our blood.
Not such a mind possessed
England's tar; 'Twas the love of noble game Set his oaken heart on flame— For to him 'twas all the same,
Sport and war.
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