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Martin Parker (d. 1656?)

Ye Gentlemen of England

YE gentlemen of England

That live at home at ease,

Ah! little do you think upon

The dangers of the seas.

Give ear unto the mariners,

And they will plainly show

All the cares and the fears

When the stormy winds do blow.

If enemies oppose us

When England is at war

With any foreign nation,

We fear not wound or scar:

Our roaring guns shall teach ’em

Our valor for to know,

Whilst they reel on the keel,

And the stormy winds do blow.

Then courage, all brave mariners,

And never be dismayed:

While we have bold adventurers,

We ne’er shall want a trade;

Our merchants will employ us

To fetch them wealth, we know:

Then be bold—work for gold,

When the stormy winds do blow.