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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 5
By William Tuckey Meredith
          A naval victory gained in Mobile Bay by the Federals under Farragut over the Confederates under Buchanan on August 5, 1864.

FARRAGUT, Farragut,
  Old heart of oak,
Daring Dave Farragut,
  Thunderbolt stroke,
Watches the hoary mist        5
  Lift from the bay,
Till his flag, glory-kissed,
  Greets the young day.
Far, by gray Morgan’s walls,
  Looms the black fleet.        10
Hark, deck to rampart calls
  With the drum’s beat!
Buoy your chains overboard,
  While the steam hums;
Men! to the battlement,        15
  Farragut comes.
See, as the hurricane
  Hurtles in wrath
Squadrons of clouds amain
  Back from its path!        20
Back to the parapet,
  To the guns’ lips,
Thunderbolt Farragut
  Hurls the black ships.
Now through the battle’s roar        25
  Clear the boy sings,
“By the mark fathoms four,”
  While his lead swings.
Steady the wheelmen five
  “Nor’ by East keep her,”        30
“Steady,” but two alive:
  How the shells sweep her!
Lashed to the mast that sways
  Over red decks,
Over the flame that plays        35
  Round the torn wrecks,
Over the dying lips
  Framed for a cheer,
Farragut leads his ships,
  Guides the line clear.        40
On by heights cannon-browed,
  While the spars quiver;
Onward still flames the cloud
  Where the hulks shiver.
See, yon fort’s star is set,        45
  Storm and fire past.
Cheer him, lads—Farragut,
  Lashed to the mast!
Oh! while Atlantic’s breast
  Bears a white sail,        50
While the Gulf’s towering crest
  Tops a green vale,
Men thy bold deeds shall tell,
  Old Heart of Oak,
Daring Dave Farragut,        55
  Thunderbolt stroke!

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