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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Perry’s Victory
O’ER the bosom of Erie, in fanciful pride,
Did the fleet of Old England exultingly ride;
Till the flag of Columbia her Perry unfurl’d,
The boast of the west, and the pride of the world.
The spirit of Lawrence his influence sheds,        5
To the van of the fight, while the Lawrence he leads;
There death dealt around, though such numbers oppose,
And levell’d the gun at fair Liberty’s foes.
When cover’d with slain, from his deck he withdrew,
And left the Niagara the fight to renew;        10
Where, undaunted in danger, our sea-beaten tars
O’er the cross of St. George waved the stripes and the stars.
Six ships, while our banners triumphantly flew,
Submitted to tars who were born to subdue;
When they rush’d to the battle, resolved to maintain        15
The freedom of trade and our right to the main!
With the glory of conquest our heroes are crown’d;
Let their brows with the bright naval chaplet be bound!
For still should the foe dare the fight to sustain,
Gallant Perry shall lead them to conquest again.        20

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