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Thread #56447   Message #882811
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Feb-03 - 11:26 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Subject: ADD Version: Captain Ward

Come, all you gallant seamen bold, all you that march to drum,
Let's go and look for Captain Ward, far on the sea he roams;
He is the biggest robber that ever you did hear,
there's not been such a robber for above this hundred year.

A ship was sailing from the East, and going to the West,
Loaded with silks and satins and velvets of the best,
But meeting there with Captain Ward, it was a bad meeting;
He robbed them of all their wealth, and bid them tell their king.

O then the King provided a ship of noble fame,
She's called the Royal Rainbow if you would know her name,
She was as well provided for as any ship can be
Full thirteen men on board to bear her company.

'Twas eight o'clock in the morning when they began to fight,
And so they did continue there till nine o'clock at night;
"Fight on, fight on," says Captain Ward. "This sport well pleases me;
For if you fight this month or more your master I will be."

O then the gallant Rainbow she fired, she fired in vain,
Till six and thirty of her men all on the deck were slain.
"Go home, go home," says Captain Ward, "and tell your King from me:
If he reigns king on all the land, Ward will reign King on sea."

source: Flotsam, Jetsam, and Lagan (from the 7 Seas, the 5 Great Lakes, and Our Inland Rivers (Captain Ernie Hall, 1965)

Unfortunately, Hall does not cite his sources.

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