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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Seamen of Columbia
 
YE seamen of Columbia,
  Who guard our nation’s rights,
Whose deeds deserve eternal fame,
  In four successive fights;
O try your matchless skill again,        5
  Subdue your ancient foe,
As they roar on your shore,
  Where the stormy tempests blow.
 
The spirits of ten thousand men,
  Who groan beneath the yoke,        10
Shall join to aid your labours
  When you their chains have broke,
Nor shall they e’er be press’d again,
  To serve your ancient foe,
As they roar on your shore,        15
  Where the stormy tempests blow.
 
Columbia needs no bulwark
  Along the stormy coast,
Her gallant seamen are her walls,
  The country’s pride and boast;        20
There’s Hull, Decatur, Porter, Jones,
  And a long list beside,
Who will sweep o’er the deep,
  And in fearless triumph ride.
 
The haughty flag of England,        25
  That waved a thousand years,
Is stripp’d of its proud laurels,
  Which on our flag appears;
Our tars have crown’d the eagle,
  And the stripes have lash’d the foe,        30
As they sweep o’er the deep,
  Where the stormy tempests blow.
 
 
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