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December 08, 2016

Mid-Morning Open Thread

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Sir Richard Grenville
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The Revenge, A Ballad of The Fleet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

At Flores, in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay,
And a pinnace, like a flutter’d bird, came flying from far away;
“Spanish ships of war at sea! we have sighted fifty-three!”
Then sware Lord Thomas Howard: “’Fore God I am no coward;
But I cannot meet them here, for my ships are out of gear,
And the half my men are sick. I must fly, but follow quick.
We are six ships of the line; can we fight with fifty-three?”

The link goes to the full poem, which is a grand exposition of bravery and honor and fighting spirit and love of country.....


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Lord Thomas Howard
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