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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Enterprise and Boxer—1813
 
AGAIN Columbia’s stripes, unfurl’d,
Have testified before the world,
  How brave are those who wear ’em;
The foe has now been taught again
His streamers cannot shade the main        5
  While Yankees live to share ’em.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill!
    The brave are very generous still,
      But teach the foes submission:
    Now twice three times his flag we’ve gain’d,        10
    And more, much more, can be obtain’d
      Upon the same condition.
 
The gallant Enterprise her name,
A vessel erst of little fame,
  Had sail’d and caught the foe, sirs;        15
’Twas hers the glory and the gain,
To meet the Boxer on the main,
  And bring her home in tow, sirs.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill, &c.
 
Fierce lightnings gleam and thunders roar,
While round and grape in torrents pour,        20
  And echo through the skies, sirs;
When minutes forty-five had flown,
Behold the Briton’s colours down!—
  She’s yielded up a prize, sirs.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill, &c.
 
The victory gain’d, we count the cost,        25
We mourn, indeed, a hero lost!
  Who nobly fell, we know, sirs;
But Burrows, we with Lawrence find,
Has left a living name behind,
  Much honour’d by the foe, sirs.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill, &c.
        30
 
And while we notice deeds of fame,
In which the gallant honours claim;
  As heroes of our story,
The name of Blyth a meed demands,
Whose tomb is deck’d by freemen’s hands,        35
  Who well deserve the glory.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill, &c.
 
Then, while we fill the sparkling glass,
And cause it cheerly round to pass,
  In social hours assembled;
Be Hull, Decatur, Bainbridge, Jones,        40
Lawrence and Burrows—Victory’s sons,
  With gratitude remember’d.
    Huzza! once more for Yankee skill, &c.
 
 
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