The George Aloe and the Sweepstake
No: 285; variant: 285A
- THE George Aloe and the Sweepstakes too,
With hey, with ho, for and a nony no
They were two merchant-men, a sailing for Safee.
And along the course of Barbary
- [The George Aloe to anchor came,
But the jolly Sweepstake kept on her way.]
- They had not sayled leagues two or three
Before they spyed a sail upon the sea.
- ‘O hail, O hail, you lusty gallants,
From whence is your good ship, and whither is she bound?’
- ‘O we are some merchant-men, sailing for Safee:’
‘And we be French rebels, a roving on the sea.
- ‘O hail, O hail, you English dogs, [hail!]’
‘The[n] come aboard, you French dogs, and strike down your sail!’
- ‘Amain, amain, you gallant Englishmen!’
‘Come, you French swades, and strike down your sails!’
- They laid us aboard on the starboard side,
And they overthrew us into the sea so wide.
- When tidings to the George Aloe came
That the jolly Sweepstakes by a Frenchman was tane,
- ‘To top, to top, thou little ship-boy,
And see if this French man-of-war thou canst descry.’
- ‘A sail, a sail, under your lee,
Yea, and another under her bough.’
- ‘Weigh anchor, weigh anchor, O jolly boatswain,
We will take this Frenchman if we can.’
- We had not sailed leagues two or three
But we met the French man-of-war upon the sea.
- ‘All hail, all hail, you lusty gallants,
Of whence is your fair ship, and whither is she bound?’
- ‘O we are merchant-men, and bound for Safee;’
‘And we are Frenchmen, roving upon the sea.
- ‘Amain, amain, you English dogs!’
‘Come aboard, you French rogues, and strike your sails!’
- The first good shot the George Aloe shot,
It made the Frenchmen’s hearts sore afraid.
- The second shot the George Aloe did afford,
He struck the main-mast over the board.
- ‘Have mercy, have mercy, you brave English[men].’
‘O what have you done with our brethren on [shore]?.’
As they sail[ed].
- ‘We laid them aboard on the starboard side,
And we threw them into the sea so wide.’
- ‘Such mercy as you have shewed unto them,
Even the like mercy shall you have again.’
- We laid them aboard on the larboard side,
And we threw them into the sea so wide.
- Lord, how it grieved our hearts full sore
To see the drowned Frenchmen float along the shore!
- Now, gallant seamen all, adieu,
With hey, with ho, for a nony no
This is the last news that I can write to you.
To England’s coast from Barbary