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

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The warlike brave Bellerophon is worthy of her name ;
For as she ranged up to the forts she poured forth smoke and
flame. Austrian frigates and the Turks, although in number few, By Britons led they did their best—great praise to them is due.
Then comes the little stinging Wasp, her weight in gold she's
worth; • For under the walls of Acre she took a liner's berth : As close as ever she could get, her captain strove to take her, And sprung her broadsides to the forts, and stung poor St. Jean
That afternoon, at four o'clock, we heard a dreadful roar : Each vessel trembled at the shock, each eye was turned on shore. One of their magazines blew up, it was an awful sight; Death made an awful conquest there, the heavens were black as night.
The poor Egyptians, paralysed, scarce knew what course to take, And after five they all began their quarters to forsake : A general terror soon was spread throughout the shattered town; They confess'd us British conquerors and haul'd their colours down.
Come, all you jolly sailors bold; the truth you soon shall know Concerning of a glorious fight on the Isle of Borneo. As we were cruising off the coast we heard the dreadful news How the pirates they had massacred our merchants' crews. -
Huzza ! huzza I huzza ! huzza I with Captain Talbot, boys, we'll die or win the day I
The news it flew like lightning, from ship to ship it ran : Admiral Cochrane gave the word, brave Talbot led the van ; And soon we manned all our boats, and down the river flew. Brave Talbot he commanded us with all the vessel's crew.
Huzza, etc.