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Mick Pearce (MCP) Origins: admiral nelson (12) RE: Origins: admiral nelson 14 Jul 19

I've had a look at one of the copies of V21204 (in The Sky-Lark, 1800 - copy at Google books). It seems to be a different song entirely.



Come listen, my Honies, awhile, if you please
And a comical story I'll tell soon,
Of a tight little fellow that sailed on the seas,
And his name it was Admiral Nelson:
I am sure you have all heard of his fame,
How he fought like the devil wherever he came
  Speaks - Aye the Dutch, Spaniards and French won't, well they won't
Have plenty of cause to remember the day
When they first saw Admiral Nelson.

His arm having lost a that dam'd Teneriffe,
Never mind it, says he, I'll get well soon;
I shall catch 'em one day, as you see, lads and if
They escape me, blame Admiral Nelson:
To doubt what I've promis'd, is mighty absurd,
For I've left 'em my hand as a pledge of my word.
  Speaks - Faith he did, arm and all; and good security it was,
  for, as the old proberb says,

One hand in the bush is worth two in the bird,
So success to brave Admiral Nelson.

At length, by my soul, it would make the dead smile
Just to hear what Sir Horace befel soon;
The French took a trip to the banks of the Nile,
To make work for brave Admiral Nelson:
Arah, faith he fell in with them close by the land,
And he stuck in their skirts as you'l soon understand.
  Speaks - Faith, it would make the very devil himself laugh,
To see how he lather'd the French with one hand,
Och! the world for brave Admiral Nelson.

On the first of sweet August, you know was the day,
As the boatmen of London can tell soon;
When for coat and for badge they all row'd away,
Little thinking of Admiral Nelson;
Who then won a badge of so brilliant a cast,
That its mem'ry with Britons will never go past.
  Speaks - And every first of August, while the health of Nelson
  floats on the glass, may the liquor be enriched with a tear to the
  memory of those brave fellows who fell in the action; and come as
  many first of Augusts as there will,

There's no first of August will e'er beat the last,
When the French struck to Admiral Nelson.

Source: The Skylark. Being an Elegant Collection of the Best and Newest Songs in the English Language. 1800 pp37-39

The title is my addition. It's untitled in the book and indexed only by first line.

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