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Reinhard DTStudy:Sir Francis Drake / Eighty-Eight (13) RE: DTStudy:Sir Francis Drake / Eighty-Eight 31 Oct 17

Tom and Barbara Brown sing Sir Francis Drake on their CD "Prevailing Winds" (WildGoose, 2002):

In eighty-eight, ere I was born,
Or I can well remember,
In August was a fleet prepared,
A hundred ships in number.

Proud Spain, with Biscayne, Portugal,
Toledo and Granado,
All these did meet and made one fleet,
And called it the Armado.

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

Their navy was well victualled
With bully beef and bacon,
Some say two ships were full of whips,
But I think they were mistaken.

They sailed round about our shores
And so came into Dover,
Our English lads did board them there
And threw the rascals over.

The Queen was then at Tilbury,
What more could we desire, a?
So Francis Drake, for her sweet sake,
He set them all on fire, a.

So let them look unto themselves
If they should come again, a,
They shall be serv'd as they were then
Ere ever I was born, a.

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