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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Acrostic: ‘Go home, you vain Britons’
Written at Poughkeepsie, in November, 1781

G o home, you vain Britons, your nation’s perplex’d,
E mbarrass’d, confounded, divided and vex’d;
O ’erwhelm’d with confusion, go tell what you’ve done,
R elate to your king all the honours you’ve won,
G reat has been your exploits since hither you came;        5
E ach hog-pen and hen-roost can witness the same.
W hat think you, ye cut-throats, d’ye chose to remain,
A nd try the success of another campaign?
S ir Harry, take warning—Cornwallis you know
H ad high expectations a twelvemonth ago;        10
I n season take warning, ye blood-hounds away,
N o devil can save you if longer you stay,
G et quickly on ship-board, the sooner the better;
T hen take this acrostic, read every first letter;
O ne look is sufficient, I’ll venture to say;        15
N o spur can be better to haste you away.

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