1st Edition

Naval Songs and Ballads

By C.H. Firth Copyright 1908
    516 Pages
    by Routledge

    516 Pages
    by Routledge

    These are not for the most part shanties, but ballads about (and in many cases by) sailors and their exploits, from the fourteenth century to the nineteenth, with a learned introduction on their historical value. The tunes are named, but the music is not printed.

    The Battle of Sluys
    Les Espagnols Sur Mer
    The Pilgrims Sea Voyage
    Sir Andrew Barton
    John Dory
    The Mariner's Song
    A Joyful New Ballad, declaring the Happie Obtaining of the Great Galleazzo
    An Excellent Song on the Winning of Cales by the English
    The Sailor's Onely Delight
    The Seaman's Song of Captain Ward
    The Song of Dansekar the Dutchman
    The Famous Sea-Fight between Captain Ward and the Rainbow
    The Lamentable Cries of at least 1,500 Christians (now Prisoners in Argiers under the Turkes)
    The Honour of Bristol
    Neptune to England
    On His Majesties Fleet
    Upon the Great Ship
    Saylors for my Money
    The Jovial Marriner; or, the Sea-man's Renown
    Neptune's Raging Fury ; or, the Gallant Seaman's Sufferings
    The Famous Fight at Malago
    An Elegie on the Death of the Right Honourable Robert Blake, Esq.
    The Valiant Seaman's Congratulation to his Sacred Majesty King Charles II
    England's Valour, and Holland's Terrour
    Song Written at Sea (' To all you Ladies now at Land')
    The Royal Victory
    The English Seaman's Resolution; or, the Loyall Subjects Undaunted Valour
    England's Tryumph, and Hollands Downfall ; or, the Second Royal Victory
    Englands Royall Conquest
    Holland Turn'd to Tinder ; or, England's Third Great Royal Victory
    A New Ballad of a Famous German Prince and a Renowned English Duke
    The Second Part of the Late and Terrible Fight on St. James's Day, 1666
    The Dutch Damnified ; or, the Butter-Boxes Bob'd
    A Song on the Duke's Late Glorious Success over the Dutch
    News from the Coast of Spain
    Captain Mansfield's Fight with the Turkes at Sea
    The Algiers Slave's Releasement ; or, the Unchangeable Boat-swain
    The Benjamin's Lamentation for their Sad Loss at Sea by Storms and Tempests
    The Treachery of the Spaniards of Porto Rico to the Dartmouth Frigot and her Company
    The Golden Voyage ; or, the Prosperous Arrival of the James and Mary
    The Boatswain's Call ; or, the Couragious Marriner's Invitation
    The Undaunted Seaman
    The Sea-Man's Adieu to his Dear
    The Maidens' Frolick ; or, a Brief Relation how Six Lusty Lasses has Prest full Fourteen Taylors
    The Couragious Commander ; or, a Brief Relation of that Most Noble Adventure of Sir Cloudesly Shovell, in the Bay of Dublin
    The Seamen's Victory ; or, Admiral Killegrew's Glorious Conquest over the French Fleet
    Torringtonia ; or, a New Copy of Verses on the Late Sea Engagement
    England's Triumph at Sea (1691)
    England's Great Loss by a Storm of Wind
    Naval Warfare of 1692
    The Royal Triumph ; or, the Unspeakable Joy of the Three Kingdoms
    Admiral Russell's Scowering the French Fleet
    A Merry New Ballad on the Great Victory over the French Fleet
    The Valiant Seamen's Courage
    England's Glory in the Behaviour of Brave Kilieygrove
    An Excellent Song, Call'd The Frighted French ; or, Russel Scouring the Seas
    The Caesar's Victory
    A Copy of Verses, composed by Captain Henry Every
    Villany Rewarded; or, The Pirate's Last Farewel to the World
    Captain Kid's Farewel to the Seas ; or, The Famous Pirate's Lament
    A Satyr on the Sea-Officers
    The Sea-Martyrs ; or, The Seamen's Sad Lamentation for their
    Faithful Service, Bad Pay, and Cruel Usage
    Advice to Young Maidens in Chusing of Husbands
    The Seamen's Wives' Vindication
    Billy the Midshipman's Welcome Home
    Admiral Benbow
    The Death of Admiral Benbow
    The Sailors Account of the Action at Vigo
    On the Sea Fight between Sir G. R. and Toulouse, 1704
    A Song on the same
    The Sailor's Tragedy ; or, The Last Farewel of Captain Smith
    The Valliant Admiral ; or, The Wonderful Success of Sir John Leake
    The Sea-Fight; or, The French Prize Taken
    The Loss of the Edgar
    The Sailor's Complaint
    Fair Sally Lov'd a Bonny Sailor
    * How Pleasant a Sailor's Life Passes ;
    The Boatswain's Whistle
    The Downfall of Piracy
    Admiral Cavendish's Distress on Board the Canterbury
    The Pacifick Fleet
    The English Sailor's Resolution to Fight the Spaniards
    England's Glory in the Declaration of War
    The Taking of the Princissa
    English Courage Display'd; or, Brave News from Admiral Vernon
    Hosier's Ghost
    Vernon's Glory ; or, The Spaniards' Defeat
    The Saphirah (sic) in Triumph ; or, British Valor Display'd
    Admiral Matthews' Engagement against the Combined Fleets of France and Spain
    A New Song in Praise of Brave Captain Hornsby
    Captain Cobb's Bravery
    The Princess Royal's Escape from the Goodwin Sands
    The Loss of the Victory Man-of-War
    Disconsolate Judy's Lamentation for the Absence of her True Love ... on Board the Victory . . . now Missing
    England's Glory ; or, The French King Stripped
    The Lucky Sailor; or The Sailor's Invitation to go with Admiral Anson
    Tit for Tat : A Sea Kick for a Land Cuff
    A New Song on Admiral Knowls taking Port Louis
    A New Song sung by Hannah Snell, alias James Gray
    The Lightermans Prentice Prest and Sent to Sea
    Britain's Resolution to Fight the French
    The Terrible Privateer
    Captain Death
    A New Song (on Blakeney and Byng)
    The Letter of a Certain Admiral
    A Rueful Story : Admiral B g's Glory ; or, Who Run Away First
    Admiral Byng and Brave West
    A New Song Written on the Isle of Aix
    Bold Sawyer
    Captain Bartons Distress on Board the Lichfield
    Gilchrist and Hotham's Bravery
    Hawke's Engagement
    Neptune's Resignation
    Hearts of Oak
    Thurot's Dream
    A New Song on the Gallant Behaviour of Captain O'Brian and Captain Taylor
    A New Song on the Taking of Havannah
    Lord Anson and Hawke
    A New Song on the Blandford Privateer
    The Sailors' Dialogue
    Distressed Men of War
    The Sailor's Complaint
    The Sailor's Garland ; or, The Ticket Buyer's Lamentation
    The Savior's Complaint; or, The True Character of the Purser of a Ship
    The Sailor's Resolution to Fight the Spaniards
    Jack Tar
    The Jolly Sailor's True Description of a Man-of-War
    New Sea Song (< Our boatswain calls out for his bold British heroes')
    The Humours of the Royal Billy
    The Dolphin's Return
    The Brags of Washington
    On the Late Engagement in Charles Town River
    Sullivan's Island
    The Cruisers
    On Board of the Arethusa
    An Excellent New Song Composed by Eighteen Greenlandmen
    Admiral Keppel Triumphant; or, Monsieurs in the Suds
    A New Song (* Come, all ye valiant seamen that plough the raging main')
    A New Song in Praise of Admiral Keppel's Fleet
    Admiral Keppel Triumphant
    Keppel for Ever!
    A New Song on Admiral Barrington
    Paul Jones
    Captain Farmer
    The Bold Blades of Old England
    The Royal Sailor
    Hood's Conquest over the Count de Grasse
    The Loss of the Centaur
    A New Sea Song called The Robin Hood
    A New Song on the Battle Fought between the La Nymphe and the Cleopatra
    The Downfall of the French Fleet
    A New Song on the Sea Engagement Fought the First of June Last
    A New Sea Song written by a Lieutenant of the Bellerophon
    The Blanche Frigate
    The Amazon Frigate
    A New Song (The Seventeen Bright Stars)
    The Genius of Britain
    British Tars Rewarded
    A New Song on Parker the Delegate
    The Death of Parker
    A New Song in Praise of Admiral Duncan
    The Engagement between the Mars and La Hercule
    Verses written on board H.M.S. Astraea
    The Battle of the Nile
    The Arrow Sloop of War
    Action off Copenhagen
    A New Song on Lord Nelson's Victory at Copenhagen
    The Wounded Tars at the Siege of Boulogne
    France CoverM with Glory
    La Loire Frigate, or Yeo ! Yeo !
    Nelson's Glorious Victory at Trafalgar
    The Death of Lord Nelson
    Admiral Strachan's Victory
    The Engagement between the Amethyst and Thetis
    The Attempt of Destroying the French Fleet in Basque Roads
    A Copy of Verses on Jefferys the Seaman
    Ye Parliament of England
    The Constitution and Guerriere
    Shannon and Chesapeake
    Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeake
    The Endymion's Triumph
    The British Tars
    The Fancy Frigate
    The Saucy Scylla
    The Vanguard
    The Port Admiral
    Oh! Cruel
    The Answer to Oh ! Cruel
    The Female Lieutenant
    Billy Taylor
    Cawsand Bay
    General Campbell
    The Bold Adventures of Captain Ross
    The Capture of St. Jean d'Acre
    The Borneo Heroes
    The Slave Chase
    The Russians Won't Come Out
    Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate
    Index of First Lines
    Index of Proper Names
    Index of Ships
    Index of Tunes


    Charles Firth was born on 16 March 1857 in Sheffield, and educated at Clifton College abd Balliol College, Oxford, where he was awarded the Stanhope prize for an essay on Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley. He became a lecturer at Pembroke College in 1887, and a Fellow of All Souls in 1901. He gave the Ford Lectures in 1900, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1903, and became Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford in 1904, holding the post until 1925. He was President of the Royal Historical Society 1913-17. He died in Oxford on 19 February 1936.