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

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Long time in tempestuous weather,
'Midst rocks, ice and water were we; We were staunch, bold, and vowed to each other
To die or the North Pole to see. Ross espied from the ship's starboard quarter
The land that did add to their store— Crying, ' Look out, my boys, for fresh water,
We're far from Old England's shore.'
Our hardships we bore, and were ready
To follow our brave captain's call, Who was bold, was undaunted but ready,
His study alone was us all; While we roamed o'er the cold stormy regions,
On wilds that were ne'er trod before, No cot, house, or church or religion,
Like those upon Old England's shore.
You may talk about Parry and Cook, boys,
Who tried these cold regions to find— Only a short trip they took, boys,
Then left the bright magnet behind. Bold Ross left the British flag flying,
Which no one could e'er do before, Then light-hearted, though nearly dying,
Came with glory to Old England's shore.
'Twas thought that no one since Creation
Would find it until time did end ; But King William's name of this nation
So proud on that magnet does bend. So build for bold Ross a fine pillar,
And cast it with gold letters o'er; Bold Ross brav'd the wave, ice, and billow,
In triumph reached Old England's shore.
This hero, the pride of our nation,
Gained honour, likewise his ship's crew; May they rise into dignity's station
For being undaunted and true. Bold Ross, as a pledge of honour,
With the Lord Mayor of London did dine, And they gave him three cheers and a bumper,
Drank to trade and to commerce in wine.