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Hull, you know, his troops surrendered, And defenseless left the West,
Then our forces quick assembled, This invader to resist.
Among the troops that marched to Erie, Were the Kingston volunteers;
Captain Thomas then commanded To protect our West frontiers.
Tender was the scene of parting— Mothers wrung their hands and cried,
Maidens wept their love in secret, Fathers strove their tears to hide.
But there was one among that number^
Tall and graceful in his mien. Firm his steps, his looks undaunted—
Ne'er a nobler youth was seen.
One sweet kiss he snatched from Mary, Begged his mother's prayers once more,
Pressed his father's hand and left them For Lake Erie's distant shore.
Mary strove to say, "Farewell, James!" Waved her hand but nothing spoke;
"Good-bye, Bird! May Heaven protect you." From the rest the parting broke.

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