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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
The Midshipman
 
I’M here or there a jolly dog,
At land or sea I’m all agog
To fight, or kiss, or touch the grog,
  For I’m a jovial midshipman,
  A smart, young midshipman,        5
  A little, airy midshipman:
To fight, or kiss, or touch the grog,
  O, I’m a jovial midshipman.
 
My honour’s free from stain or speck,
The foremast men are at my beck,        10
With pride I walk the quarter-deck,
  For I’m a smart, young midshipman, &c.
 
I mix the pudding for our mess,
In uniform then neatly dress,
The captain asks, no need to press,
  “Come dine with me, young midshipman,” &c.
 
When gallant Perry comes on board,        15
By all Columbia’s sons adored,
From him I sometimes pass the word,
  Though I’m an humble midshipman, &c.
 
 
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