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The National Music of America. 223
American which is in strong contrast with the one quoted above :
" Capt. Dacres, commander of H. B. M. frigate Guerriere, of 44 guns, presents his compliments to Commodore Rodgers of the U. S. frigate President, and will be very happy to meet him, or any American frigate of equal force to the President, off Sandy Hook, for the purpose of having a few minutes tete-d-tete."
It is not necessary to dwell upon the wild enthusiasm which followed the return of the Constitution to Boston Harbour. " Old Ironsides," as she was afterward called, in allusion to the strength of her build, was at once celebrated in song and story.
The song which we give in connection with this incident is a fair example of the rough and ready style of its epoch. It is an old English melody called "The Landlady's Daughter of France," and it tells of the battle with a fair amount of detail. It is known to some as "The Constitution and Guerriere" and to others as " Hull's Vic-