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

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P. 95. The Golden Voyagre. From the Pepys collection (iv. 199). Printed for J. Blare, at the Looking Glass on London Bridge.
P. 97. The Boatswain's Call. Roxburghe Ballads, iii. 463.
P. 99. The Undaunted Seaman. Roxburghe Ballads,
vii. 551.
P. roi. The Seaman's Adieu. Roxburghe Ballads, vii. 524. P. 104. The Maiden's Frolick. Roxburghe Ballads, Hi. 402.
P. 106. The Courageous Commander. From the Pepys collection (iv. 219). Printed for R. Kell, at the White Hart, near Pye Corner, in West Smithfield.
P. 108. The Seaman's Victory. Bagford Ballads, i. 283.
P. no. Torringtonia. From the Pepys collection (v. 377).
P. 112. England's Triumph at Sea. Roxburghe Ballads, vii. 745, and Poems on State Affairs, I. ii. 263. The text of the two versions differs. Verses 9 and 10 are added from a manu­script.
P. 113. England's Great Loss by a Storm of Wind. Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 40*. Another version is in the Madden collection, entitled A Copy of Verses made upon the Loss of the Coronation, and eight more Ships of War (Slipsongs, i. 174, No. 372). A third version, printed in Marryat's Poor Jack, is headed The Return from the Baltic of the English Fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Russell. All are late versions, and full of corruptions. They place the disaster in November, instead of September 1691, and differ in the names of the ships. According to Burchett, the Coronation was lost with most of her crew, the Harwich ' ran on shore and bulged,' the Royal Oak and Northumberland 'tailed on the ground, though afterwards they were luckily got off' (Transactions at Sea, p. 102; cf. Clowes, ii. 345). The second line of verse 4 is, in Marryat's version, ' But fiercely to the west did run'; in the Madden copy, ' The sea strong to the west did run.' In verse 5, Marryat's version runs :
' A-shore went the Northumberland, The Harwich and the Cumberland, The Lion, and the Warwick too; But Elizabeth, she had most for to rue, She came stem on, and her Lion broke, And she sunk the Gloster at the stroke.'
Marryat's version draws a moral from the disaster:
' They was punished for their misdeeds For grumbling when they had no needs.'