Come brave honest
Jack tar, once more will you venture?
they are out; I would
have you to enter:
Take some rich Spanish
prize, as we've done times before
And be cheated
of all, as we were the last war O.
No man that sails with me shall e'er be abuséd
So, Jack come and enter; you shall be well uséd:
You'll be bo's'n's mate, Jack, so boldly come and enter
And be not like a dog hauled on board of the tender.
Dear captain, he said then, don't talk of your pressing
It's not long since I gave six of them dressing.
-I know very well, jack, the truth I must grant you;
-You're a brave, hearty fellow, that makes me to want you.
Dear captain, he said then, the truth I do tell you,
I got in the last war what quite filled my belly;
For your damned rogues of officers they used me so cruel
That a man-of-war ship's worse than hell or the devil.
The master's a-swearing, the bo's'n's a-growling
The midshipman a-howling out, Take that fore-bowling;
If you speak but one word, you're a mutinous rascal,
Your legs laid in irons and you're tried by court-martial.
Now, boys, we are pressed from our habitation,
We leave wife and children in grief and vexation;
We venture our sweet lives in defence of our nation,
And we get nothing for it but toil and vexation.
(English sea shanty -- original author unknown)