James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
Sir Sidney Smith
By Thomas Dibdin (17711841)
Sir Sidney Smith was a noted English admiral. During the war with France he was captured on April 18, 1798, in the Harbor of Havre de Grace and sent to Paris. He afterward escaped and crossed the channel in a skiff.
GENTLEFOLKS, in my time, Ive made many a rhyme,
But the song I now trouble you with,
Lays some claim to applause, and youll grant it, because