The Bold Pirate `Twas on the eighteenth day of March We sailed from Bristol Town, And we sail-ed all that livelong day Till the night came rolling on. And then we saw a bold pirate Sailing three foot to our one; He hail-ed us in English, And asked us whence we come, We told him we was from Bristol Town, And on our course was bound, And ask-ed of him the reason why He ran us so fast down. Up spoke this bold old pirate, `I soon will let you know! Haul down your fore and main courses And let your ship lie to, `And if you fire one shot at me, This instant you I'll sink, And every man you have on board This day shall walk the plank.' Then up spoke our brave commander, And says, `No such thing can be While we have twenty-eight brass guns To bear us company. `Besides, we have three hundred men, All British seamen hold. Who value more their honor Than a miser does his gold.' Then this bold pirate boarded us With three hundred of his men; With pistols, pikes and cutlasses We soon did slaughter them. He haul-ed down our ensign flag, Thinking our royal ship to take; We ran them such a rig, my boys, Made their very hearts to ache. Then this bold pirate boarded us With the remainder of his men; By the word of our commander bold, We soon did slaughter them. And out of that five hundred men We reduc-ed them to three, And down on their knees for mercy cried, But none it was their due. Then this bold pirate strove from us, And tried to run away; But a broadside from a rounded gun Caus-ed him to stay. We h'isted out our boats from the buoys And boarded her immediately; And there we saw this bold commander With both legs shot off to his knees. We took her all in tow, my boys, What a glorious sight to see We towed her in to the sight of land, Beside the Bristol quay, Where each one had his fortune made And we all got safe on shore. We'll ask one another to dine together And not plough thu sea any more. Collected from three ladies over eighty years old in 1924, of Baker & Little Cranberry Islands. They learned it when children from their father, Joseph Gilley. _Minstrelsy of Maine_ (Eckstorm & Smyth, 1927) Page 254. There was no prior record of this song. AJS DT #411 Laws K30 AJS
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