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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Columbian Tars
COLUMBIAN tars are hearts of oak,
  Singing ever merrily:
Even in fight they laugh and joke,
  Meeting danger cheerily;
      Yo, yo, yea;        5
      Fire away,
  Hearts of oak, right merrily.
And though death around him flies,
  Still the dauntless sailor cries,
Spunge the guns, boys, merrily,        10
  Ram the balls home, cheerily,
      Yo, yo, yea;
      Fire away,
  Hearts of oak, right merrily.
Wrapt in clouds of thickest smoke,        15
  Hear him singing merrily;
Fearless still he’ll have his joke,
  Braving peril cheerily;
E’en amidst the hottest fight,
Hear him singing with delight,        20
  Spunge the guns, boys, &c.

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