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

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This fleet from Brest Harbour some time ago got clear, And our brave British heroes soon after them did steer: We chas'd them to Basque Roads without fear or doubt, Tho' so great was their number they dare not come out.
So success, etc.
So now, Master Boneyparte, cease for to brag, Till you build some more ships for to hoist your white flag Which so often has been beat by the lords of the main; And if they dare face them they'll serve them so again.
So success, etc.
You captains and commanders both by land and sea, O do not be hard-hearted, refrain from cruelty ; It is of Jefferys the seaman, who, though not cast away, Was left upon a dismal rock, by his captain they say.
Chorus. Think of Jefferys the seaman's hard fate.
For eight days and nights he in misery did remain, Without any food or nourishment himself for to sustain ; Dejected, in a wretched state, his fate he did deplore, For some good Christian to convey him to his native shore.
At length kind Providence gave ear unto his mournful strain : An American vessel to his assistance came; John Dennis's humanity soon set him free, And very soon released him from his captivity.
It really is surprising he could so cruel be
Unto his fellow creature, lost to humanity
And any Christian feeling; that such corrections there be,
It is a pity such should have a command, either by land or sea.
But now he is arrived unto Old England's shore, And I think he is very much to blame to go to sea any more. The gentry pity his fate as his suffering he explores, He is glad to have the happy sight of his native land once more.
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