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Traditional

Sung to the tune 'When Cannons Are Roaring' see also Red Iron Ore

  1. You that desire news, list' to my story
    Some it will cause to muse, some will be sorry;
    From many quarters have gallants resorted,
    Of Holland's Leager the fame heard reported.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  2. The flaunting Spaniard and boon Cavillera
    The bragging Dutchman, though't cost him a'dear-a;
    Walloun and Switzer, both Jews,Turks and Neager,
    Scots, Danes and French have been at Holland's Leager.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  3. Though many sought to invade the strong island,
    And stratagems devised by sea and land,
    Bulwarks and batteries and other fences,
    Daily maintained the island's expenses.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  4. Blow for blow, shot for shot, still they returned;
    But sliding cowards she ever disdained;
    Those that gave onset, they put her so valiant,
    She durst in battle join with any gallant.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  5. But since the Leager broke, there's a new order
    For those that used to frequent-a this border;
    That none shall thither come to work a violence,
    Great and small, high and low, all must keep silence.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  6. Yet youngsters, arm yourselves, here comes new anthem;
    They have a refuge found that can defend them;
    Drums, pikes and musketeers there doth attend you,
    Fit for this company, gold and rich treasure.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  7. So, bravely march away, gallants in clusters,
    Arrive at Bewdley where they keep their musters;
    Though certain horses were left, be not daunted,
    All for your pleasure's there, as Holland vaunted.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.
  8. So, If my news in this song may content you,
    Buy it and try it and never repent you;
    For recreation, in love, I have penned it,
    Trusting no creature I have here offended.
    Yes it is certain, in truth it is spoken
    That Holland's Leager up lately is broken.

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah