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‘ . . And a pinnace, like a flutter’d bird, came flying from far away . . '

Chrístõ
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On Thu Sep 21, wombat wrote
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>>Clue: “ . . Sink me the ship, Master Gunner . . “
>da dumpity dum de dum not into the hands of Spain....
>I have no idea. But wasn't that Don't Give up the Ship command given "At Flores in the Azores [where] Sir Richard Grenville lay"?
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Correct:

‘AT Flores, in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay,     
And a pinnace, like a flutter’d bird, came flying from far away;     
“Spanish ships of war at sea! we have sighted fifty-three!” . .

. . But Sir Richard cried in his English pride:     
“We have fought such a fight for a day and a night     
As may never be fought again!     
We have won great glory, my men!             
And a day less or more     
At sea or ashore,     
We die—does it matter when?     
Sink me the ship, Master Gunner—sink her, split her in twain!     
Fall into the hands of God, not into the hands of Spain!”             

And the gunner said, “Ay, ay,” but the seamen made reply:     
“We have children, we have wives,     
And the Lord hath spared our lives.     
We will make the Spaniard promise, if we yield, to let us go;     
We shall live to fight again and to strike another blow.”             
And the lion there lay dying, and they yielded to the foe . . ‘

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