A Copy of Verses, Composed by Captain Henry Every, Lately Gone to Sea to seek his Fortune
|A Copy of Verses, Composed by Captain Henry Every, Lately Gone to Sea to seek his Fortune (1694)|
|Henry Every himself. It was first published as a broadside by the London printer Theophilus Lewis. The ballad has traditionally been performed to the tune of The Success of Two English Travellers; Newly Arrived in London, another ballad in circulation since 1686. Multiple versions of A Copy of Verses have been reprinted in subsequent years; the ballad in its original published form is presented here.This ballad was written by an anonymous author sometime between May and July 1694, though it was purported to be the work of pirate|
COPY of VERSES,
Captain Henry Every,
Gone to SEA to seek his FORTUNE
To the Tune of, The two English Travellers.
Licens'd according to Dider.
Captain Every is in her, and calls her his own;
Her Model's like Wax, and she sails like the Wind,
Farewel, fair Plimouth, and Cat-down be damn'd,
Then away from this Climate and temperate Zone,
These Northern Parts are not thrifty for me,
Our Names shall be blazed and spread in the Sky,
I Honour St. George, and his Colours I were,
Now this I do say and solemnly swear,
Four Chiviligies of Gold in a bloody Field,
No Quarters to give, no Quarters to take,
Now this is the Course I intend for to steer;
London: Printed for Theophilus Lewis.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.