Naval Songs and Ballads, Volume 33

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Navy Records Society, 1908 - Great Britain - 391 pages
A collection of ballads illustrating the history of the British navy from the sixteenth to the middle of the ninteenth century.

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Page 294 - By the festal cities blaze, Whilst the wine-cup shines in light ; And yet amidst that joy and uproar Let us think of them that sleep, Full many a fathom deep, By thy wild and stormy steep, Elsinore.
Page 291 - Like leviathans afloat, Lay their bulwarks on the brine; While the sign of battle flew On the lofty British line : It was ten of April morn by the chime : As they drifted on their path, There was silence deep as death; And the boldest held his breath, For a time. But the might of England flushed To anticipate the scene; And her van the fleeter rushed O'er the deadly space between. 'Hearts of oak!
Page vi - SOCIETY desire it to be understood that they are not answerable for any opinions or observations that may appear in the Society's publications; the Editors of the several Works being alone responsible for the same.
Page 56 - To all you ladies now at land We men at sea indite ; But first would have you understand How hard it is to write ; The Muses now, and Neptune too, We must implore to write to you, With a fa la, la la, la la.
Page 291 - OF Nelson and the North Sing the glorious day's renown, When to battle fierce came forth All the might of Denmark's crown, And her arms along the deep proudly shone : By each gun the lighted brand In a bold determined hand. And the Prince of all the land Led them on.
Page 57 - Should foggy Opdam chance to know, Our sad and dismal story, The Dutch would scorn so weak a foe, And quit their fort at Goree : For what resistance can they find From men who've left their hearts behind? With a fa la, la la, la la.
Page 295 - ... amidst that joy and uproar, Let us think of them that sleep, Full many a fathom deep, By thy wild and stormy steep, Elsinore ! Brave hearts ! to Britain's pride Once so faithful and so true, On the deck of fame that died, With the gallant good Riou ; Soft sigh the winds of Heaven o'er their grave ! While the billow mournful rolls, And the mermaid's song condoles, Singing glory to the souls Of the brave ! THOMAS CAMPBELL.
Page xi - Poems on Interesting Events in the Reign of King Edward III. written in the year 1352 by Laurence Minot.
Page xxxiii - Or sear-cloth masts with strong tarpauling coats: To try new shrouds one mounts into the wind And one below their ease or stiffness notes.
Page 180 - I, by twenty sail attended, Did this Spanish town affright ; Nothing then its wealth defended But my orders not to fight. Oh ! that in this rolling ocean I had cast them with disdain, And obey'd my heart's warm motion To have quell'd the pride of Spain...

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