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Naval Songs and Ballads

1st Edition

By C.H. Firth


516 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

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