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The authorship of this chaste ballad has been assigned to one Jere. Sargent, of Philadelphia, a person of whom little is known; and also to Francis Hopkinson, the author of " The Battle of the Kegs." But, it is most probable, that it was written by the "eccentric John Mason," * an operative in the office of the Pennsylvania Packet, the newspaper in which it first appeared. The late Mr. Hunnewell, of Watertown, Massachusetts, well remembered its popularity, and attributed it to Mason.
High on the banks of Delaware,
Fair Liberty she stood ; And waving with her lovely hand,
Cried, " Still, thou roaring flood. ,