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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Sir Peter Parker
By Charles L. S. Jones
Tune—“Maggy Lauder”

LET others sing, whilst loudly ring
  The valleys to their measures,
Of love, or wine, or sports divine,
  Made vocal by their pleasures;
    Be mine the theme,        5
    No fancied dream
  Of visionary barker;
    The warlike cheer,
    And welcome here,
  Of brave Sir Peter Parker.        10
Let not the muse her strains refuse,
  Accordant to my metre,
Whilst I declare the exploits rare
  Of valiant-hearted Peter;
    Nor deem me wrong        15
    To raise the song—
  Of praise I am no sharker;
    But let my shell
    The wonders tell
  Of brave Sir Peter Parker.        20
He oft would boast to rule the roast
  Upon the briny ocean;
And scold and jeer with glorious cheer,
  Expecting high promotion:
    Whilst from his fun        25
    The Yankees run,
  As fearful of a jeering;
    Lest like Van Tromp
    Their hides he’d thump,
  His broom at mast-head rearing.        30
Long had he sail’d, and nothing hail’d,
  As worthy of a winner;
So did desire, to ease his ire,
  A Baltimorean dinner;
    And in he sent with that intent        35
  His compliments, high sounding,
    Whilst, from on board,
    His thunders roar’d,
  Their Yankee souls astounding.
But not to be behind in glee,        40
  Or hospitable freedom,
They answer sent, he might have twent-
  Y dinners if he’d need them;
    O glorious feast,
    For prince, or priest,        45
  ’Twould cure the gout or cholic;
    Sir Peter swore,
    He ne’er, before,
  Saw such a Yankee frolic.
But most his tongue thy praises rung,        50
  Jamaica’s lively liquor;
And swore, ’twas fit to enliven the wit
  Of laymen or of vicar:
    So not in fun
    To be outdone,        55
  They sent this gallant sparker,
    Well season’d, home,
    In his favourite rum,
  The far-famed Peter Parker.

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