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

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296          SONGS AND BALLADS
Then in came Lord Nelson, in the Elephant; Next Bellona and Ganges, so boldly they went; The bold Polyphemus run in the same way, And the brave little Isis her part she did play.
The Amazon, the Hermione, the Desirie and Blanch, They anchor'd in the line and behav'd so staunch ; The Otter and the Dart they anchor'd also, Until by a signal was forc'd for to go.
Now these four frigates that we have mentioned here, And two little sloops that run in without fear, They all run and anchor'd alongside the fleet, Their forts the same time they began to defeat.
But so great was their mistake, at about four o'clock
They, found they could no longer stand our shot;
For their batteries we clear'd, my boys, which was our own desire
And the town in three places our bombs set on fire.
Seven of their two-deckers to us they did strike,
And six floating batteries likewise did the like.
' Well done, my brave boys !' said Lord Nelson; ' that's right,
For your courage and mine you have displayed in this fight.'
So now, my brave boys, let it never be said That ever Lord Nelson or Graves was afraid. Success to our officers throughout the whole fleet, That encouraged the Britons the Danes to defeat.
So now [to conclude and to finish my log],
Call up the steward to serve out the grog.
Here's a health to our wives and sweethearts at home,
For they'll give us a glass when to England we come.
Draw near, ye gallant seamen, while I the truth unfold
Of as gallant a naval victory as ever yet was told.
The second day of April last, upon the Baltic main,
Parker, Nelson, and their brave tars fresh laurels there did gain.
With their thundering and roaring, rattling and roaring,
Thundering and roaring bombs.