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of the last verse runs, ' Now, my brave boys, we have beaten the Danes,' and there is another verse beginning, ' Now to conclude and to finish my tale.'
P. 296. A New Song on Lord Nelson's Victory. Printed in Ashton's Real Sailor Songs, p. 16. Original in the British Museum (pressmark 1077. g. 47 [18]—a chapbook entitled Nelson's Wreath),
P. 297. A New Song composed by the Wounded Tars at the Siege Of Boulogne. Versions of this, entitled The Battle of Boulogne, were printed by Catnach and Birt, and are reprinted by Ashton, Real Sailor Songs, p. 17. The version in the text is from a chapbook in the British Museum (pressmark 1076.1. 2 [45]).
P. 298. France Covered with Glory. From Haslewood's collection of songs in the Bodleian.
P. 300. La Loire Frigate. From Fairburn's Naval Songster for 1806, p. 34. The action was June 2, 1805 (Clowes v. 362).
P. 301. Nelson's Glorious Victory at Trafalgar. From
Logan's Pedlar's Pack, 1869, p. 67.
P. 302. Death Of Nelson. Versions of this, differing slightly in the words, were printed by Pitts, Such, Forth of Pocklington, and other town and country printers during the first half of the nineteenth century. In The Scouring of the White Horse, by T. Hughes, p. 153, it is described as sung in a Berkshire public-house about 1859. 'The Doctor walked over to a lower table and spoke to a grisly-headed old man in a velveteen coat and waistcoat and a blue birdseye neckerchief, who seemed pleased, and drew his sleeve across his mouth, and cleared his throat. Then there was a rapping on the table, and the old bargee began ih a rumbling bass voice : " Come all you gallant seamen as unites a meeting."'
Four verses only are given, the third in our version being omitted. The last verse ends :
' And now to conclude, and to finish these verses :
" My time it is come ; kiss me, Hardy !" he cried. Now thousands go with you, and ten thousand blessings For gallant Lord Nelson, in battle who died.'
The text adopted on p. 302 is a composite version from Such's and Forth's: the first four lines are from Such's version, the last four from Forth's, and readings are taken from both. The order of the second and third verses has been changed, and the two halves of stanza 3 transposed. Some verbal emenda­tions have been made—e.g. 'rest on,' for 'resting,' in the last line.