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

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And he got education
Quite fit for his station, For you know we are never too old for to learn ;
And his shipmates they found him,
With his young ones around him, All chips of the old block, from the stem to the stern.
It was in the month of April, upon the fourteenth day, This expedition did embark to cross the raging sea ; Our fleet being well prepared, our anchors we did weigh, To sail against the Burmese to show them British play.
When we embark'd from Madras it grieved our hearts full sore, Our wives and children weeping as they sat on the shore, Crying, 'Art thou gone and left us thy absence for to mourn, To languish on a foreign land awaiting thy return ?'
We left the roads of Madras upon the sixteenth day;
Each man being well prepared and eager for the fray,
Our squadron form'd a brilliant line to shew a grand half-moon :
With British colours flying, we sailed against Rangoon.
When we were three days sailing, three sails appear'd in view; We fir'd off a signal gun, when quickly they lay to : Our commodore bore down on them, we followed him in line, But they proved to be some British troops awaiting us to join.
Next to Port Cornwallis our course we then did steer, -And hoisted all our stunsails without either dread or fear. The next thing that appear'd in view was the Calcutta fleet, Was lying there at anchor, all waiting us to meet.
Our fleet being assembled (the sail was sixty-three)
A signal gun for sailing was fired instantly;
When out to sea we bore again, and sailed both night and day,
And on the tenth of May, my boys, we anchored in their bay.