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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
On Crossing Lake Champlain in the Steamboat Phœnix
By Lucretia Maria Davidson (1808–1825)
(Written in her fourteenth year)

ISLET 1 on the lake’s calm bosom
  In thy breast rich treasures lie;
Heroes! there your bones shall moulder,
  But your fame shall never die.
Islet on the lake’s calm bosom,        5
  Sleep serenely in thy bed;
Brightest gem our waves can boast,
  Guardian angel of the dead!
Calm upon the waves recline,
  Till great Nature’s reign is o’er;        10
Until old and swift-wing’d Time
  Sinks, and order is no more.
Then thy guardianship shall cease,
  Then shall rock thy aged bed;
And when Heaven’s last trump shall sound,        15
  Thou shalt yield thy noble dead!
Note 1. Crab Island; on which were buried the remains of the sailors who fell in the action of September 11th, 1814. [back]

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