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THE AMETHYST AND THETIS 305
Safe moor'd at Plymouth, no more shall they wander, And fit for the line of a British commander ; Then France, Spain, and Holland shall threaten in vain, While our tars fight and conquer again and again. Hearts of oak, etc.
NEW SONG ON THE ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE AMETHYST AND THETIS, ENGLISH AND FRENCH FRIGATES.
Come, all you valiant heroes that sail upon the sea, Awhile give your attention to what I sing to thee : 'Tis of a famous battle that was fought upon the main, Where our brave British sailors fresh laurels they did gain,
Between the Amethyst frigate—thirty-six guns had she, And as brave a crew, my boys, as ever sail'd the sea'— And the Thetis, French frigate of fifty guns ; I do declare, Such a hard engagement has not been known for many a year.
At seven in the evening the battle it begun,
And lasted many hours before that it was done.
Great numbers there was wounded, a many too was slain,
While the blood from off the decks did change the watery main.
Three hours and twenty minutes we held this dreadful fray,
We lasht her fast unto us, she could not get away;
Many times they tried to board us, but we drove them back so
fast— Altho' they was so numerous, we made them yield at last.
Then down she haul'd her colours, no longer could she fight; Our British tars they gave three cheers all at this noble sight. We took possession of her without any more delay, And sent her into Plymouth Sound then, my boys, straightway. » X