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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Tough Yankee Tar
HUZZA for the lads of the ocean!
  Whose mark is the eagle and star:
They’ll challenge all hands, I’ve a notion,
  To beat them at knocks in the war,
      With a tough Yankee tar!        5
Now, braver than Grecian or Roman,
  For honour he fears not a scar;
And, damme, he’ll yield him to no man,
  While he holds to a timber or spar—
      ’Tis a tough Yankee tar!        10
Old Archimedes, he was an ass:
  He had ne’er swung a ship from the water,
But broken his lever, and reflectors of brass,
  Had he known how to beat up to quarter,
      Like a tough Yankee tar!        15
Now first on the ocean they try hands,
  To check haughty Albion’s career;
And soon the poor king of the islands
  Yields a proud and a boasted Guerriere
      To a tough Yankee tar!        20
Let them jabber as much as they please,
  ’Tis all botheration and stuff.
They talk of the rights of the seas;
  We’ll teach them ’tis all plain enough
      To a tough Yankee tar!        25
Now Columbia, with proudest emotion,
  Hails her young sons of war on the main:
They wave a free flag on the ocean,
  And none shall her freedom maintain,
      Like a tough Yankee tar!        30

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