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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Our Infant Navy
By Charles L. S. Jones
Tune—“When I was a little boy, some twenty years ago”

WHEN our navy yet was young,
  Some thirty years ago,
To try their skill, with right good will,
  They sought the haughty foe;
And the turban’d Turk brought low.        5
Though underneath their batteries,
  Our captive frigate lay,
Where ball and shot flew, hissing hot,
  Across the foamy bay;
They cut their prize away.        10
And little reck’d that gallant band
  The coil of whisker’d slaves;
Nor deem’d their fun but half begun,
  Till they had bow’d the knaves,
And our flag controll’d their waves.        15
Then here’s to brave Decatur,
  And his valiant-hearted crew,
Who show’d the Turk what handy-work
  Our infant force could do:
A lesson before he ne’er knew.        20

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