The Brethren Prince
A novel of the old Caribbean, 1649-1665
Published by Ira D. Smith at Smashwords
Copyright © 1997 by Ira D. Smith
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Tavern Salute to an Unknown Buccaneer
It’s to him once, to him twice, an’ to him three times o’er; Our tankards to the Brethren Prince, of ne’er forgotten yore; ‘Twas ne’er a bad, the luck he had, from port to sta’board lee!; ‘Twas Neptune’s hand that swept him grand, across the Spanish sea!
Yea! Neptune guide him by the way, upon the fateful hour; When round the cape o’ Corrient’ ol’ Satan shewed his power; But damn the storm, an’ ram the horn, an’ split the Devil’s eye!; Return did he, an’ sprung ‘em free, an’ bagged the Papist pride!
Ney! Speak no more o’ Myngs an’ Morgan, nor tell of Mansvelt ye; Ne’er they held the sword as he, from Providence to Cartahen’; So it’s to him once, an’ to him twice, an’ to him where e’er he be; The lucky lad they call a prince, my Cap’n, I call ye!