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THE SPANISH ARMADA, by                
First Line: "some years of late, in eighty-eight"
Last Line: As they did you know when a!
Subject(s): "drake, Sir Francis (1540-1596);spanish Armada;

Some years of late, in 'Eighty-Eighth
As I do well remember,
It was, some say, the middle of May,
And some say in September,

The Spanish train launch'd forth amain,
With many a fine bravado,
Their (as they thought, but it prov'e not)
Invincible Armado.

There was a man, that dwelt in Spain,
Who shot well wit a gun-a,
Don Pedro hight, as black a wight
As the Knight of the Sun a.

King Philip made him Admiral,
And bade him not to stay a,
But to destroy both man and boy,
And so to come away a.

Their navy was well victualled,
With bisket, pease, and bacon;
They brought two ships well fraught with whips;
But I think they were mistaken.

Their men were young, munition strong,
And to do us more harm a,
They thought it meet, to join their fleet
All with the Prince of Parma.

They coasted round about our land,
And so came in by Dover,
But we had men set on 'em then,
And threw the rascals over.

The Queen was then at Tilbury,
What could we more desire a?
Sir Francis Drake, for her sweet sake,
Did set 'em all on fire a.

Then straight they fled by sea and land,
That one man slew three score a,
And had not they all run away,
In truth he had killed more a.

Then let them neither brag nor boast,
For if they come again a,
Let 'em take heed, they do not speed
As they did they know when a!

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