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The sea-men bring spices and
sugar so fine, Which serve the brave gallants
to drink with their wine, With lemmons and oranges
all of the best, To relish their pallats
when they make a feast; Sweet figs, prunes, and raysins,
by them brought home be. There's none, &c.
To comfort poor people
the seamen do strive, And brings in maintenance
to keep them alive, As raw silk and cotton wool
to card and to spin, And so by their labours
their livings comes in; Most men are beholding
to sea-men we see, With none but a sea-man
I married will be.
The mercer's beholding
we know well enough, For holland, lawn, cambrick,
and other gay stuff, That's brought from beyond-seas
by sea-men so bold,
The merchants themselves
are beholding also To honest sea-men that on purpose
go To bring them home profit
from other strange lands, Or else their fine daughters
must work with their hands, The nobles and gentry
in every degree, Are also beholding, &c.
Thus for rich or poor men
the seamen does good, And sometimes comes off with
loss of much blood ; If they were not a guard
and a defence for our land; Our enemies soon will get
the upper hand, And then in a woful case
straight should we be, There's none but a seaman
shall marry with me.
To draw to conclusion,
and so make an end,
my love will befriend,
with health and with life,
soon be his wife ;
that sea-men's loves be,
joyn prayers with me.
God blesse all brave seamen
from quicksands and rocks, From losse of their blood,
and from enemies knocks, From lightning and thunder
and tempests so strong,
and all other wrong ;
will not say Amen,
Printed for F. Coses, T. Vere, J. Wright, and J. Clark. A FAMOUS SEA-FIGHT BETWEEN CAPTAIN
WARD AND THE RAINBOW.
To the Tune of Captain Ward, &c. [From the British Museum Collection of Old Ballads.]
STRIKE up, you lusty gallants,
with musick and sound of drum,
upon the sea is come,
right well it doth appear,
found out this thousand year.
For he hath sent unto the King,
the sixth of January,
with all his company :
till I my tale have told,
full thirty tun of gold.
O nay, O nay, then said our King,
myself will not agree;
likewise the King of Spain, And how can he be true to me,
that hath been false to twain ?
With that our King provided
a ship of worthy fame, Rainbow is she called,
if you would know her name; Now the gallant Rainbow
she roves upon the sea, Five hundred gallant seamen
to bear her company.
The Dutchman and the Spaniard,
she made them for to flye, Also the bonny Frenchman,
as she met him on the sea. When as this gallant Rainbow
did come where Ward did lye, Where is the captain of this ship?
this gallant Rainbow did cry.
O that am I, says Captain Ward,
there's no man bids me lye; And if thou art the King's fair ship,
thou art welcome unto me. I'll tell thee what, says Rainbow,
our King is in great grief, That thou shouldst lye upon the sea,
and play the arrant thief,
And will not let our merchant's ships
pass as they did before; Such tidings to our King is come,
which grieves his heart full sore.