(:redirect quiet=1:) %abc-2.1 X:1 T:The Saucy Arethusa R: strathspey C:Prince Hoare - words C:Turlough O'Carolan - music (Miss MacDermott or The Princess Royal) M: 4/4 L: 1/8 K: Emin |:BA G2 F2 E2|BA G2 F2 E2|B2 c2 B2 A2|dc Bc BA G2| B2 AB AG FA|FE DD EF G2|BA G2 FE GF|ED E2 E2 E2:| |:B2 e2 cd e2|f2 g2 G2 G2|g2 gf ed cB|AG FG FE D2| EF G2 FG A2|GA B2 B2 e2|c2 d2 G2 c2|dc B2 G2 A2| BA AG FE DD|EF G2 BA G2|FE GF ED E2|E4 E4:| W:1 W:Come all ye jolly Sailors bold, W:Whose hearts are cast in honour's mould W:While English glory I unfold - W:Hurra! for the Arethusa. W:She is a frigate tight and brave, W:As ever stemm'd the dashing wave, W:Her men are staunch to their fav'rite launch W:And when the foe shall meet our fire, W:Sooner than strike we'll all expire, W:On board of the Arethusa. W: W:2 W:Twas with the spring fleet she went out W:The English Channel to cruise about, W:When four French sail, in show so stout, W:Bore down on the Arethusa. W:The fam'd Belle Poule straight ahead did lie W:The Arethusa seem'd to fly, W:Not a sheet or a tack or a brace did she slack W:Tho' the Frenchmen laugh'd and thought it stuff W:But they knew not the handful of men, so tough W:On board of the Arethusa. W: W:3 W:On deck five hundred men did dance, W:The stoutest they could find in France: W:We with two hundred did advance, W:On board of the Arethusa. W:Our Captain hail'd the Frenchman, ho! W:The Frenchman then cried out, hallo! W:"Bear down, d'ye see, to our Admiral's lee" W:"No, no", said the Frenchman "That can't be" W:"Then I must lug you along with me," W:Says the saucy Arethusa. W: W:4 W:The fight was off the Frenchman's land, W:We drove them back upon their strand, W:For we fought till not a stick would stand. W:Of the gallant Arethusa. W:And now we've driven the foe ashore, W:Never to fight with Britons more, W:Let each fill a glass to his fav'rite lass. W:A health to the Captain and officers true, W:And all that belong to the jolly crew W:On board of the Arethusa. % % % % % % % % % %]


Further Information About The Saucy Arethusa

Song Notes

Song by Prince Hoare and Turlough O'Carolan

Folk song references:

Song to be found in the following collection(s):

Page last modified on 12 April 2022, at 23:05 GMT