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Folk Song

X:1 T:Lord Willoughby C:Trad Z:Webmaster M: K: W:1 W:The fifteen day of July, with glittering spear and shield, W:A famous fight in Flanders, was foughten in the field: W:The most courageous Officers were English Captains three; W:But the boldest man in battle, was brave Lord Willoughby. W: W:2 W:The next was Captain Norris, a valiant man was he, W:The other Captain Turner, that from field would never flee: W:With fifteen hundred fighting men, alas there was no more, W:They fought with forty thousand then, upon the bloody shore. W: W:3 W:Stand to it noble Pike men, and look you round about, W:And shoot you right you Bow men, and we will keep them out: W:You Musquet and Calliver men; do you prove true to me, W:He be the foremost man in fight, says brave Lord Willoughby. W: W:4 W:And then the bloody enemy they fiercely did assail: W:And fought it out most valiantly, not doubting to prevail: W:The wounded men on both sides fell, most piteous for to see, W:Yet nothing could the courage quell of brave Lord Willoughby. W: W:5 W:For seven hours to all men view, this fight endured sore, W:Until our men so feeble grew, that they could fight no more: W:And then upon dead horses, full savourly they eat, W:And drunk the puddle water, for no better could they get. W: W:6 W:When they had fed so freely, they kneeled on the ground, W:And praised God devoutly for the favour they had found: W:And bearing up their Colours, the fight they did renew, W:And turning t'ward the Spaniard, five thousand more they slew. W: W:7 W:The sharp steel pointes Arrows and bullets thick did flye, W:Then did our Valiant Soldiers charge on most furiously: W:Which made the Spaniards waver, they thought it best to flee, W:They fear'd the stout behaviour of brave Lord Willoughby. W: W:8 W:Then quoth the Spanish General, "Come let us march away, W:I fear we shall be spoiled all, If that we longer stay: W:For yonder comes Lord Willoughby with courage fierce and fell, W:He will not give one inch of ground, for all the De'ils in hell." W: W:9 W:And then the fearful enemy, was quickly put to flight, W:Our men pursued courageously, and rout their forces quite: W:And at last they gave a shout, which echoed through the sky, W:"God and St George for England," the conquerors did cry. W: W:10 W:This news was brought to England, with all the speed might be. W:And told unto out gracious Queen, of this same victory: W:O this is brave Lord Willoughby, my love hath ever won, W:Of all the Lords of honour 'tis he great deeds hath done. W: W:11 W:For Souldiers that were maimed, and wounded in the fray, W:The Queen allowed a Pension, of eighteen pence a day: W:Besides all costs and charges, she quit and set them free, W:And this she did for the sake, of brave Lord Willoughby. W: W:12 W:Then courage noble English men, and never be dismaid, W:If that we but one to ten, we will not be afraid W:To fight with forraign Enemies, and set our Country free. W:And thus did end this bloody bout Of brave Lord Willoughby. % % % % %

					
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