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XX.

VICTORIOUS MEN OF EARTH.

This little moral fonnet hath such a pointed application to the heroes of the foregoing and following ballads

, that I cannot help placing it here, thothe date of its compofition is of a much later period. It is extracted from Cupid and Death, a masque by J. S. (James Shirley) presented Mar. 26. 1653. London printed 1653." 4to.

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I&torious men of earth, no more

Proclaim how wide your empires are ;
Though you binde in every shore,
And your triumphs reach as far

As night or day,
Yet you proud monarchs must obey,
And mingle with forgotten ashes, when
Death calls yee to the croud of common men.

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Devouring famine, plague and war,

Each able to undo mankind,
Death's fervile emissaries are ;
Nor to these alone confin'd,

He hath at will
More quaint and subtle wayes to kill ;
A smile or kiss, as he will use the art,
Shall have the cunning skill to break a heart.

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*THE WINNING OF CALES.

The subject of this ballad is the taking of the city of Cadiz, (called by our sailors corruptly Cales) on June 21. 1596, in a descent made on the coast of Spain, under the command of the lord Howard admiral, and the earl of Esex general. The valour

. of Esex was not more distinguished on this occafion than his generosity: the town was carried sword in band, but be stopt the slaughter as soon as posible, and treated bis prisoners with the greatest humanity and even affability and kindness. The English made a rich plunder in the city, but mift of a much richer, by the resolution, which the duke of Medina the Spanish admiral took, of setting fire to the ships, in order to prevent iheir falling into the hands of the enemy. It was computed, i hat the loss, which the Spaniards Justained in this enterprize, amounted to twenty millions of ducats. See Hume's Hift.

The earl of Essex knighted on this occasion not fewer than fixty persons, which gave rise to the following Jarcasın,

A gentleman of Wales, a kuight of Cales

And a laird of the North couniry;
But a yeoman of Kent with his yearly rent

Will buy them out all three. The ballad is printed from the Editor's folio MS. and seems to have been composed by some person, who was concerned in the expedition. Most of the circumstances related in it will be found supported by history. ONG the proud Spaniards had vaunted their con

quests, Threatning our country with fire and sword,

Often

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Often preparing their navy most fumptuous
With as great plenty as Spain could afford.

Dub a dub, dub a dub, thus strike their drums,
Tantara, tantara, the Englishman comes.

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To the seas hastily went our lord admiral,

With knights couragious and captains full good; The brave carl of Effex, a prosperous general, With him prepared to pass the salt flood.

Dub a dub, &c.

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At Plymouth speedilye, took they fhip valiantlye,

Braver ships never were seen under fayle, With their fair colours spread, and streamers o'er their

head, Now bragging Spaniard take heed of your tayle. 15

Dub a dub, &c.

Unto Cales cunninglye, came we most speedilye,

Where the kinges navy securelye did ride;
Being upon their backs, piercing their butts of sacks,
Ere any Spaniards our coming descry'd.

Dub a dub, &c.

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Great was the crying, the running and ryding,

Which at that season was made in that place ; The beacons were fyred, as need then required ; To hyde their great treasure they had little space. 2; Dub a dub, &c.

There

There you might see their ships, how they were fyred fast,

And how their men drowned themselves in the sea ; There might you hear them cry, wayle and weep piteously When they faw no shift to scape thence away. 30

Dub a dub, &c.

The great St. Phillip, the pryde of the Spaniards,

Was burnt to the bottom, and sunk in the sea ; E But the St. Andrew, and eke the St. Matthew,

Wee took in fight manfullye and brought away.

Dub a dub, &c.

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- The earl of Effex moft valiant and hardye,

With horfemen and footmen march'd up to the town ; The Spanyards, which saw them, were greatly alarmed, Did Aly for their safety, and durft not come down.

Dub a dub, &c.

Now, quoth the noble earl, courage my foldiers all,

Fight and be valiant, the spoil you shall have; And be well rewarded all from the great to the small, But see the women and children you

fave,

45 Dub a dub, &c.

The Spaniards at that fight, thinking it vain to fight,

Hung out flags of truce and yielded the towne ;
We marched in presentlye, decking the walls on high,
With English colours which purchas'd renowne. 50

Dub a dub, &c.
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Entering

Entering the houses then, of the most richest men,

For gold and treasure we searched each day ; In fòme places wè did find, pyès baking left behind, Meate at fire rosting and folk run away.

55 Dub a dub, &c.

Full of rych merchandize, every shop catch'd our eyes,

Damaks and fattens and velvets full fayre ; Which soldiers measured out by the length of their swords; Of all commodities each had his share,

60 Dub a dub, &c.

Thus Cales was taken, and our brave general

Marched to the niarket place, where he did ftand; There many prisoneres fell to our several shares, Many crav'd mercye, and mercye they fonde, 65

Dub a dub, &c.

When our brave general saw they delayed all,

And would not ransome their towne as they said,
With their fair wanfcots, their preffes and bedfteds,
Their joint-stools and tables a fire we made;

And when the town burned all in a flame,
With tara, tantara, away we all came.

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