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

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Come all you gallant seamen that unite in a meeting,
Always let Lord Nelson's memory go round, For it is your duty when you unite in a meeting,
Because he was loyal and true to the crown. So now to conclude, and to finish these verses,
Here's God bless all seamen that speak for his good, May the heavens go with you, and ten thousand blessings
Still rest on the fleet and brave Collingwood. Mourn, England, mourn, etc.
Tune^-Hearts of Oak.
Though with tears we lament our great Nelson's demise, Let the nation rejoice that more Nelsons arise ; 'Twas Collingwood finish'd what the hero began, And brave was the conquest accomplished by Strachan. Hearts of oak, etc.
The fourth of November, long famous in story, This year adds a ray to our national glory; For like Caesar of old, our Caesar might say, He came, saw, and conquer'd in the enemy's bay. Hearts of oak, etc.
The Phoinix transform'd, like a bird to decoy, Led the foe where she knew they would soon find employ ; Only three days before, she had quitted her nest, To add a fresh Didon to her valorous crest. Hearts of oak, etc.
Her consort Margarita, though first in the chase, Both at once pour'd their broadsides full butt in their face ; The Ccesar, the Hero, and brave Courageux, With cannon and grape shot, soon buckled them to. Hearts of oak, etc.
To bind the knot firmer, Namur had her share, By ^Eolus favor'd, and Revolutionnaire; Though brave their resistance, they fought in vain, For they seem'd, when they struck, mere wrecks on the main. Hearts of oak, etc.