'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...