James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By Henry Newbolt (18621938)
Sir Francis Drake was one of the great admirals of the Elizabethan age and like many of them was a Devonshire man. He early became a sailor and for over forty years followed the sea. He was a terror to the Spaniards, many of whose treasure ships he captured. He sailed around the world and finally died and was buried at sea, Jan. 28, 1596.
DRAKE he was a Devon man, an ruled the Devon seas,
(Capten, art tha sleepin there below?)
Rovin tho his death fell, he went with heart at ease,