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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
To Captain Lawrence
 
HAIL! Lawrence, hail! the god of war
  Shall claim thee as his favourite son;
And Fame, with thousand trumpets more,
  Shall spread the victory thou hast won.
Live, Lawrence, live! the brave revere        5
The honour’d name that cowards 1 fear.
 
Lawrence! thy country now shall know
  Thy merit—as a seamen true;
While gratitude and pride shall go
  To greet thy officers and crew.        10
Memory, retentive to thy worth,
Shall hail the day that gave thee birth.
 
Memory shall call thee oft to mind,
  Shall bring thee to our anxious view,
With laurels round thy temples twined        15
  Engaged in signal victory new;
Dwelling with rapture on the sight,
We’ll lead the victor through the fight.
 
The Englishmen and coward Turk
  Have felt thy furious, vengeful wrath;        20
Though twice the number round thee lurk,
  You’ll mark for each his destined path.
Each stubborn foe must know his fate,
And sink if he should strike too late.
 
Jersey beholds thee with a smile,        25
  A native of this pleasant state;
Thy name shall reach beyond the Nile,
  Shall stand with others brave and great,
Shall stand forever—History’s page
Shall tell thee to a future age.        30
 
Note 1. Captain Green, of the Bonne Citoyenne. [back]
 
 
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