John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : We be three poor mariners : illustration

We be three poor mariners
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A glee inspired by Thomas Ravenscroft's setting of the same text in Deuteromelia, 1609.
Lyrics: ?Thomas Ravenscroft

We be three poor mariners,
newly come from the seas;
We spend our lives in jeopardy
whiles others live at ease.
Shall we go dance the round a round, round
and shall we go dance the round a round, round?
And he that is a bully boy,
Come pledge me on the ground.


We care not for those martial men
that do our states disdain;
but we care for those merchantmen
that do our states maintain.
To them we dance this round a round, round,
to them we dance this round a round, round.
And he that is a bully boy,
come pledge me on this ground.