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Sea-songs — Charles Dibdin, the Sailor - poet — Sailor Music of America — " The Constitution and Guerriire" or " Hull's Victory " — A Song of Samoa— " Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean " — Naval Songs of the Civil War.
The war of 1812 left "The Star-spangled Banner" in its wake, its most important musical result; but as, with the exception of the defence of Fort McHenry and the battle of New Orleans, the important victories were won upon the seas, it is natural to find much of the music of the epoch consisting of sailor-songs. During the Revolution there had been a few sporadic songs about John Paul Jones,1 the Scottish hero who had car-
1" The Yankee Man-of-war," and " Paul Jones's Victory," for example. See " Naval Songs." Wm. A. Pond & Co. Pp. 24 and 48.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III