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210
BATTLE OF THE KEGS.
as follows: " Our drums and fifes afforded us a favorite music till evening, when we were delighted with the song composed by Mr. Hopkinson, ' The Battle of the Kegs,' sung in the best style by a number of gentlemen."
BATTLE OF THE KEGS.
Gallants attend, and hear a friend,
Trill forth harmonious ditty, Strange things I'll tell, which late befell,
In Philadelphia city.
'Twas early day, as poets say,
Just when the sun was rising, A soldier stood, on a log of wood,
And saw a thing surprising.
As in amaze he stood to gaze,
The truth can't be denied, sir, He spied a score of kegs or more,1
Come floating down the tide sir.
A sailor, too, in jerkin blue,
fhis strange appearance viewing,
First damn'd his eyes, in great surprise, Then said, " some mischief's brewing.






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