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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Our Yankee Ships
By James Thomas Fields (1817–1881)
OUR Yankee ships! in fleet career,
  They linger not behind,
Where gallant sails from other lands
  Court favouring tide and wind.
With banners on the breeze, they leap        5
  As gayly o’er the foam
As stately barks from prouder seas,
  That long have learn’d to roam.
The Indian wave with luring smiles
  Swept round them bright to-day;        10
And havens to Atlantic isles
  Are opening on their way!
Ere yet these evening shadows close,
  Or this frail song is o’er,
Full many a straining mast will rise        15
  To greet a foreign shore.
High up the lashing northern deep,
  Where glimmering watch-lights beam
Away in beauty where the stars
  In tropic brightness gleam;        20
Where’er the sea-bird wets her beak,
  Or blows the stormy gale;
On to the water’s farthest verge
  Our ships majestic sail.
They dip their keels in every stream        25
  That swell beneath the sky;
And where old ocean’s billows roll,
  Their lofty pennants fly;
They furl their sheets in threatening clouds
  That float across the main,        30
To link with love earth’s distant bays
  In many a golden chain.

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