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54
CASTLE ISLAND SONG.
While faithless Preston and his savage bands, With murderous rancor stretch their bloody hands; Like fierce barbarians grinning o'er their prey. Approve the carnage and enjoy the day. If scalding drops, from rage, from angnish wrung. If speechless sorrows lab'ring for a tongue . Or if a weeping world can aught appease The plaintive ghosts of victims such as theso; The patriot's copious tears for each are shed, A glorious tribute which embalms the dead. But know, Fate summons to that awful goal, Where justice Strips the murderer of his soul: Should venal C—ts, the scandal of the land, Snatch the relentless villain from her hand, Keen execrations on this plate inscrib'd Shall reach a judge who never can be bribed."
2 Castle Island. Castle William was situated on this island. In 1798, the fortress was ceded to the United States, and in the follow­ing year was named by President Adams, Fort Independence.






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