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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
The Yankee Tar
 
WHEN engaged on the ocean, the brave Yankee tar
Reaps the laurels of fame in the tug of the war,
With patriot ardour inspired when he fights,
He conquers for glory and maritime rights.
 
His country’s flag to the mast-head he nails,        5
Where it gallantly floats to the favouring gales;
While serving his gun, with true courage he glows
And defiance he bids to America’s foes.
 
With generous feelings his bosom is stored,
Fights on till existence is gone by the board;        10
But, the enemy conquer’d, to mercy inclined,
A friend in the brave he rejoices to find.
 
Accomplish’d the cruise, to his country he steers,
High swells his full heart as his Sally he nears,
For faithful to glory and love are our tars,        15
To New England’s honour, their stripes and their stars.
 
 
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