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SONGS AND BALLADS
We no sooner had begun
Than from their guns they run,
Though before they thought they worked 'em
Neat and handy, O ! Brave Broke he waved his sword, Crying, ' Now, my lads, we'll board, And we'll stop their playing
"Yankee 'doodle dandy, O !" '
We no sooner heard the word Than we all jumped aboard And tore down the colours
Neat and handy, O ! Notwithstanding all their brag O'er the glorious British flag, At the Yankee mizen-peak
It looked the dandy, O !
Here's a health to Captain Broke, And all the hearts of oak, That took the Yankee frigate
Neat and handy, O ! And may we always prove That in fighting and in love, The true British sailor
Is the dandy, O !
BATTLE OF THE SHANNON AND CHESAPEAKE.
On board the Shannon frigate in the merry month of May, To watch the bold Americans off Boston lights we lay. The Chesapeake lay in harbour, a frigate stout and fine, Four hundred and forty men she had, her guns were forty-nine.
Twas Captain Broke commanded us, a challenge he did write To the captain of the Chesapeake to bring her out to fight. Our captain says, ' Brave Lawrence, 'tis not from enmity, But 'tis to prove to all the world that we rule on the sea.
' Don't think, my noble captain, because you have had success
That British tars are humbled, not even in distress.
No ! we will fight like heroes our glory to maintain,
In defiance of superior size and the number of your men.'