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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Loss of the U. S. Ship Wasp
By Robert Stevenson Coffin (1797–1827)
Supposed to have been sunk at sea, in an engagement during the night

’TIS night!—Columbia’s foe is nigh,
  And loud Columbia’s thunders roar;
’Tis night!—The war-torch flameth high,
  And ocean’s sounding surges pour;
      But ere the light        5
      Of morning bright
  Shall bid the sea-bird soar,
      That bloody fight
      Shall close in night:
  Those foemen meet no more.        10
’Tis night!—Pale Cynthia’s silver beams
  Are glittering on the murmuring wave;
’Tis night!—The sea-mew’s piercing screams
  No longer wake the slumbering brave;
      For O! they sleep        15
      In caverns deep,
  Where whirlwinds cease to rave:
      Where fairies weep
      And vigils keep
  Around their hallow’d grave.        20
’Tis morn!—Columbia’s sighs proclaim
  That she hath heard the tale of wo;
’Tis morn!—But, ah! her wreaths of fame
  Will never twine her Blakeley’s brow:
      Yet o’er his urn        25
      Shall heroes mourn,
  And as their tear-drops flow,
      Their hearts shall burn,
      And proudly spurn
  The triumph of the foe.        30

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