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

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It was early the next morning, the weather being fair, We weigh'd our anchors to the bows, and up the river did steer. The enemy commenced on shore to put us to the rout ; But we upon the decks did stand, resolved to fight it out.
The Lilly frigate led the way, when clouds of smoke did rise, The Leander sloop in company, which did our foes surprise ; The Sophia brig and gun boats, their cannon loud did roar, Like thunder rent the elements all on the Burmese shore.
' All hands prepare for landing !' resounded through the fleet; ' Let every man have sixty rounds his enemy for to meet.' ' Like lions bold we rushed on shore at ten o'clock that day: These cowardly dogs could not us stand, we forced them to give way.
Now Rangoon we have taken, let us drink unto our king ; May all his loyal subjects fresh laurels to him bring. Likewise to General Campbell, who commanded on that day, And pull'd their saucy peacock down on the eleventh day of
Come listen awhile with attention,
You seamen and landsmen likewise, While I of a hero will mention
Which England, fam'd England, should prize. Bold Ross was our noble commander,
His equal was ne'er seen before; But mark what us sailors went under
When we sailed from Old England's shore.
We sail'd to the Pacific Ocean,
Our hearts both undaunted and free, Bold Ross cheered us all with the notion
That we should all prosperous be ; But our mainmast was soon smashed to pieces
While we hauled in the ship Fury's store. Said Ross, ' Now the tempest increases,
'Tis for honour of Old England's shore.'