William Dixon
(1760 - 1825)

Vain are the boasts of Belgia's sons
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Written to celebrate Admiral Duncan's naval victory over the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown. "Sung with great applause at the Glee Club, Crown and Anchor Tavern, Strand. Composed and (by permission) dedicated to the President and Members of that Society by their obedient humble servant, William Dixon." Cambridge, 1797.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Vain are the boasts of Belgia's sons,
When faced by British ships and guns.
Tho' winter does in autumn come,
Brave Duncan brings his harvest home.