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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787
 
A New Song
Revolutionary Songs and Ballads
 
[Published in the Pennsylvania Packet. 1773.]

AS near beauteous Boston lying,
  On the gently swelling flood,
Without jack or pendant flying,
  Three ill-fated tea-ships rode;
 
Just as glorious Sol was setting,        5
  On the wharf a numerous crew,
Sons of freedom fear forgetting,
  Suddenly appeared in view.
 
Armed with hammers, axe and chisels,
  Weapons new for warlike deed,        10
Toward the herbage-freighted vessels
  They approached with dreadful speed.
 
O’er their heads aloft in mid-sky,
  Three bright angel forms were seen;
This was Hampden, that was Sidney,        15
  With fair Liberty between.
 
“Soon,” they cried, “your foes you’ll banish,
  Soon the triumph shall be won;
Scarce shall setting Phœbus vanish
  Ere the deathless deed be done.”        20
 
Quick as thought the ships were boarded,
  Hatches burst and chests displayed;
Axes, hammers, help afforded;
  What a glorious crash they made.
 
Squash into the deep descended        25
  Cursed weed of China’s coast;
Thus at once our fears were ended;
  British rights shall ne’er be lost.
 
Captains! once more hoist your streamers,
  Spread your sails and plough the wave;        30
Tell your masters they were dreamers
  When they thought to cheat the brave.
 
 
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