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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
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On the capture of the Epervier by the Peacock

RARE birds, ’tis said, are seldom best,
But those who feather well their nest
  Are much esteem’d for gain, sir;
And Warrington has lately said
The Sparrow-hawk 1 with specie fed,        5
  The Peacock won’t disdain, sir.
 
The English goose before it dies
Is stuff’d with milk and bread in sties,
  To feast their palates sweet, sir,
But give a Yankee tar a hawk,        10
He wants no carving knife or fork
  To find the parts to eat, sir.
 
Let Johnny Bull the poultry feed,
And fill his hawks of English breed
  With gold and silver dust, sir,        15
And he will find the Yankee tar
With hungry stomach always near,
  And willingly his guest, sir.
 
Note 1. Epervier, the French for Sparrow-hawk. [back]
 
 
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