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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Pasquinade: ‘You know there goes a tale’
Stuck up in the city of New York, August 12, 1781

YOU know there goes a tale,
How Jonas went on board a whale,
  Once, for a frolic;
      And how the whale
      Set sail        5
  And got the cholic;
And, after a great splutter,
  Spew’d him up upon the coast,
  Just like a woodcock on a toast,
With trail and butter.        10
There also goes a joke,
How Clinton went on board the Duke 1
  Count Rochambeau to fight;
      As he didn’t fail
      To set sail        15
      The first fair gale,
  For once we thought him right;
    But, after a great clutter,
He turn’d back along the coast,
And left the French to make their boast,        20
    And Englishmen to mutter.
    Just so, not long before,
        Old Knyp, 2
        And Old Clip 3
    Went to the Jersey shore,        25
    The rebel rogues to beat;
      But, at Yankee farms, 4
      They took alarms,
      At little harms,
    And quickly did retreat.        30
  Then after two days wonder,
March’d boldly on to Springfield town, 5
And swore they’d knock the rebels down.
      But as their foes
      Gave them some blows,        35
      They, like the wind,
      Soon changed their mind.
      And, in a crack,
      Returned back,
  From not one third their number.        40
Note 1. The Grand-Duke transport. [back]
Note 2. General Knyphausen. [back]
Note 3. General Robertson. [back]
Note 4. Connecticut Farms, a small settlement about four miles from Elizabethtown, in New Jersey. [back]
Note 5. A small village, seven miles from Elizabethtown. [back]

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