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

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There's Rogers, in the President, will burn, sink and destroy; The Congress, on the Brazil coast, your commerce will annoy; The Essex, in the South Seas, will put out all your lights, The flag she waves at her mast-head—' Free Trade and Sailors' Rights.'
Lament, ye sons of Britain, far distant is the day When you'll regain by British force what you've lost in America ; Go tell your King and Parliament, by all the world 'tis known That British force by sea and land by Yankees is o'erthrown.
Use every endeavour, and strive to make a peace, For Yankee ships are building fast, their navy to increase; They will enforce their commerce, the laws^ by heaven are made That Yankee ships in time of peace to any port may trade. '
Air—The Landlady of France.
It oft-times has been told That the British seamen bold Could flog the tars of France
So neat and handy, O ! But they never met their match Till the Yankees did them catch,— Oh ! the Yankee boy for fighting
Is the dandy, O!
The Guerriere, a frigate bold, On the foaming ocean rdll'd, Commanded by proud Dacres,
All the grandee, O ! With as choice a British crew As a rammer ever drew,— They could flog the French men, two to one.
So handy, O !
When this frigate bore in view, Says proud Dacres to his crew : ' Come ! clear the ship for action And be handy, O !