'Hearts of Oak'
- A jingoistic sea song from Harlequin's Invasion, a pantomimeby Garrick with music by William Boyce. It was written in1759, the year that saw victories over the French at Quiberon Bay,Quebec, and Minden; hence the allusion in the opening lines:Come, cheer up my lads! 'tis to glory we steer,To add something more to this wonderful year.
The title of the song refers to the timber from which theships were built:Hearts of oak are our ships,Jolly tars are our men...