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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Old Queen Charlotte
Tune—“St. Patrick’s day in the morning”

AS old Queen Charlotte—a worthless old varlet,
  Our brave noble forces was scorning,
She wished to be merry, and call’d for some Perry,
  September the tenth in the morning;
When brisk Perry came she found him true game,        5
  To her cost too he gave her a warning,
So let her be merry and remember Perry,
  September the tenth in the morning.
It was on Lake Erie—when all hands were cheery,
  A fleet was descried in the morning.        10
’Twas Queen Charlotte’s fleet, so handsome and neat,
  In a bold line of battle were forming;
But when evening came—though the fleet were the same,
  That our brave noble forces were scorning,
They were beat so complete, that they yielded the fleet        15
  To the one they despised in the morning.
Now let us remember the tenth of September,
  When Yankees gave Britons a warning,
When our foes on Lake Erie were beaten and weary,
  So full of conceit in the morning.        20
To the skilful and brave, who our country did save,
  Our gratitude ought to be warming,
So let us be merry in toasting of Perry
  September the tenth in the morning.

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