by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)

Jack Tar
Language: English 
They say some foreign powers have laid their heads together 
  To break the pride of Britain, and bring her on her knees, 
There's a treaty, so they tell us, of some dishonest fellows 
  To break the noble pride of the Mistress of the Seas. 
    Up, Jack Tars, and save us! 
    The whole world shall not brave us! 
    Up and save the pride of the Mistress of the Seas! 

We quarrel here at home, and they plot against us yonder,
  They will not let an honest Briton sit at home at ease : 
Up, Jack Tars, my hearties ! and the d--l take the parties ! 
  Up and save the pride of the Mistress of the Seas ! 
    Up, Jack Tars, and save us! 
    The whole world shall not brave us! 
    Up and save the pride of the Mistress of the Seas! 

The lasses and the little ones, Jack Tars, they look to you! 
  The despots over yonder, let 'em do whatever they please ! 
God bless the little isle where a man may still be true! 
  God bless the noble isle that is Mistress of the Seas! 
    Up, Jack Tars, and save us !
    The whole world shall not brave us ! 
    If you will save the pride of the Mistress of the Seas. 

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-27
Line count: 21
Word count: 214