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A BALLAD TO QUEEN ELIZABETH (OF THE SPANISH ARMADA), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: King philip had vaunted his claims
Last Line: And where are the galleons of spain?
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Variant Title(s): Ballad Of The Spanish Armada
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603; Spanish Armada


KING PHILIP had vaunted his claims;
He had sworn for a year he would sack us;
With an army of heathenish names
He was coming to fagot and stack us;
Like the thieves of the sea he would track us,
And shatter our ships on the main;
But we had bold Neptune to back us, --
And where are the galleons of Spain?

His carackes were christened of dames
To the kirtles whereof he would tack us;
With his saints and his gilded stern-frames,
He had thought like an egg-shell to crack us;
Now Howard may get to his Flaccus,
And Drake to his Devon again,
And Hawkins bowl rubbers to Bacchus, --
For where are the galleons of Spain?

Let his Majesty hang to St. James
The axe that he whetted to hack us;
He must play at some lustier games
Or at sea he can hope to out-thwack us;
To his mines of Peru he would pack us
To tug at his bullet and chain;
Alas! that his Greatness should lack us! --
But where are the galleons of Spain?

ENVOY.

GLORIANA! the Don may attack us
Whenever his stomach be fain;
He must reach us before he can rack us
And where are the galleons of Spain?





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