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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
On the Late Royal Sloop of War, General Monk
By Philip Freneau (1752–1832)
Formerly the Washington; mounting six quarter-deck wooden guns

WHEN the Washington ship by the English was beat,
They sent her to England to show their great feat,
And Sandwich, straightway, as a proof of his spunk,
Dash’d out her old name and call’d her the Monk. 1
“This Monk hated rebels, (said Sandy,) ’od rot ’em,        5
So heave her down quickly and copper her bottom;
With the sloops of our navy we’ll have her enrolled,
And mann’d with pick’d sailors to make her feel bold.
“To show that our king is both valiant and good,
Some guns shall be iron, and others be wood;        10
And, in truth, (though I wish not the secret to spread,)
All her guns should be wooden—to suit with his head.”
Note 1. General Monk, who was the most active agent in restoring Charles the Second. [back]

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