On the (D) 15th of April, we (G) sailed down the (D) land,
On the (A) bold Princess Royal bound (G) for Newfound(D)land.
We had 20 brave sea men in the (G) ships compa(A)ny
And (A) eastward and (G) westward right (A) boldly sailed (D)
We'd only been sailing for (G) days two and (D) three
When the (A) man at the masthead a (G) sail
he did(D) see.
She came right down on us, right (G) onward she (A) bore.
And (A) under her (G) mizzen
peak, (A) dark colours she (D) wore.
"Oh No!" cried the captain, "Now what shall we do?
"Here comes a bold pirate and he'll make us heave to."
NO," cried the chief mate, "That shall not be so.
For we'll shake out our reefs, boys, and from him we'll go."
And when that bold pirate came up along side.
With loud speaking trumpet, "Whence come you," he cried.
chief mate ran aft and did answer him so,
"We come from the free land bound for New Calio."
"Then let go your
lee braces and heave your ship to.
For I have got letters to send there with you."
"We will let go our lee braces and heave out ship to.
Inside of some safe harbour, not along side of you."
we let go our reefs boys and they hung to go.
We let go our topgallant sails and they did also.
He fired one shot
after us, in hopes to prevail.
But the Bold Princess Royal soon showed him her tail.
He chaseded us and he chased-ed us throughout the long day.
He chased-ed us and he chased-ed us , but he could
not no way.
He chased-ed us and he chased-ed us till night made him fail,
Then he rolled up his mizzen and straight
"Hurray!" cried the captain, "The priate has gone.
Go down to your grog boys, go down everyone.
Go down to
your grog boys, and be of good cheer.
For while we have serum, brave boys never fear."