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

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Then Lieutenant Yeo, to his lasting renown, The fort he knock'd up and the Governor down. The Dons' captur'd ensign wav'd over his head, And planted the flag of King George in its stead. Let the trumpet of fame then through all the world blow, To the glory of Britons and Lieutenant Yeo. Sing Yeo ! Yeo ! for ever, etc.
Arise, arise, brave Britons !
Perform your loudest lays, And join me in a chorus
To sing Britannia's praise. Once more the hero of the Nile Did seek to make Britannia smile With another victory on the file— O brave Nelson ! ■
October, on the twenty-first,
It being a glorious day, The combined fleets of France and Spain
Were just off Cadiz Bay ; Their ships in number thirty-three— And Nelson, when he did them see, Said, ' Twenty then there is for me.' O brave Nelson !
The signal made for fighting,
Cannon began to roar; Our ships in number twenty-seven,
We shook the Spanish shore; And Nelson, on the deck so high, Aloud unto his men did cry, ' We'll cionquer them, my lads, or die.' O brave Nelson !
He broke their line of battle,
And struck the fatal blow ; He blew some up into the air,
And some he sent below.