Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men, We always are ready,
Steady, boys, steady, We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again!
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We'll still make 'em run, and we'll still make 'em sweat, In spite of the Devil and Brussels Gazette, Then cheer up my lads, with one heart let us sing, Our Soldiers, our Sailors, our Statesmen, and King.
“Heart of Oak” (march of the Royal Navy of Great Britain)
The lyrics were written by David Garrick, an actor (1716-1779) in 1759, the melody by Dr. William Boyce (1711-1779). There are many versions of the lyrics, the text quoted above appears to date from the Napoleonic period.
Adrian Hamilton, writing in The Independent says correctly, than Iran has won this little hostage crisis it stirred up with the British on points. Less credibly, he says that "honour has been satisfied, or, at least, dishonour avoided."