Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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and anchored off Griffin's wharf. At the same time, near seven thousand persons, from the several towns ai'ound Boston, " respecta­ble for their ranks and abilities, and venerable for their age and character," assembled and unanimously adhered to their former reso­lution, that the tea should not be lauded. " During the session of this meeting, a number of persons, disguised as Indians, approached near to the door of the Assembly, and gave the war-whoop, which was answered by a few in the galleries of the house. The savages then repaired to the ships [now numbering three], which harbored the pestilential teas, and began their ravage. They applied them­selves in earnest, and in about two hours, broke up three hundred and forty-two chests of tea and discharged their contents into the sea." This song appeared a short time after the occurrence, in the Pennsylvania Packet, under the name of " A new Song, to the plain­tive tune of ' Hozier's Ghost.'"
As near beauteous Boston lying,
On the gently swelling flood, Without jack or pendant flying,
Three ill-fated tea-ships rode.
Just as glorious Sol was setting,
On the wharf, a numerous crew, Sons of freedom, fear forgetting,
Suddenly appeared in view.

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