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346          SONGS AND BALLADS
The Madden copy, on the other hand, says :
' Walking Plymouth streets one day, I heard some sea captains for to say " God will reward us for our deeds, In flogging men when there's no need."'
There are many minor variations in the three versions which are not worth noting.
P. 114. Naval Warfare Of 1692. Roxburghe Ballads, vii. 746.
P. 117. The Royal Triumph. Bagford Ballads, i. 297. 'Fistula master' in verse 10 is an allusion to the fact that Louis XIV. was operated upon for a fistula November 18, 1686. (Martin, Histoire de France, 4th ed. xiv. 74).
P. 119. Admiral Russell's Scowering the French Fleet. Printed in Bagford Ballads, i. 119, from a copy in The Midship­man's Garland, published in Queen Anne's reign. The tune and four verses of the ballad are given in D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, iv. 333. In the second verse D'Urfey reads ' scupper-holes ' instead of ' port-holes,' and ' king' instead of ' queen ' in verse 4. Verses 5 and 6 are probably later additions to th. original. For tune see The Edinburgh Musical Miscellany, 1804, p. 270.
P. 120. A Merry New Ballad. From the Pepys collection (v. 382). A broadside printed 'for R. Baldwin near the Oxford Arms in Warwick Lane,' 1692. In the last verse 'Petres ' refers to ,Edward Petre the Jesuit, confessor of James II.
P. 125. The Valiant Seaman's Courage. From the Pepys collection (v. 385). A broadside printed for C. Bates at the White Hart in West Smithfield.
P. 126. England's Glory in the Behaviour of Brave Killeygrove. Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 10. Original in British Museum (pressmark 1. 20. c. 30 [18]). See Charnock, Biographia Navalis, ii. 328. In the last line ' Mar­seilles ' is evidently a misprint for ' Messina.'
P. 128. The Frighted French. Roxburghe Ballads, vi. 446. The original reads ' do tide' in verse 5.
P. 129. The Caesar's Victory. From the Pepys collection (iv. 198). A broadside printed for J. Deacon at the Angel in Giltspur Street.
P. 131. A Copy of Verses by Captain Henry Every. From the Pepys collection (v. 384). There is an eighteenth-century version in the Madden collection (Slipsongs ii. 72, No. 1, 166) entitled Bold Captain Avery. The numerous variants in the later version are merely corruptions and not worth noting.