Ne'er had the world seen such a fleet
That came to us from Spain,
With Parma's men they planned to meet
Then England's shores to gain.
But wind and rain and storms that year,
Conspired to beat them back,
And filled brave sailors hearts with fear;
T'was worse than on the rack.
Then when at last our coast they saw
And looked for where to land
Howard, Hawkins, Drake and more
Waited on either hand.
The air was rent by cannon shot
`Til men and masts fell down.
They fought in many battles hot,
Then paused near Calais town.
The English ships of fire sent out
Were followed by a storm,
A final battle and a rout
That made their cause forlorn.
With damaged ships and broken hearts
They passed by Dover port,
Then sailed for home round northern parts;
They'd failed in all they sought.
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