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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 95
Soon they came where noble Perry-Had assembled all his fleet;
There the gallant Bird enlisted, Hoping soon the foe to meet.
Where is Bird? The battle rages;
Is he in the strife or no? Now the cannon roar tremendous,
Dare he meet the furious foe?
Ah behold him. See! with Perry
In the selfsame ship he fights; Though his messmates fall around him,
Nothing can his soul affright.
But, behold, a ball hath struck him!
See the crimson current flow; "Leave the deck," exclaimed brave Perry.
"No," cried Bird, "I will not go.
"Here on deck I've took my station.
Ne'er will Bird his colors fly. I'll stand by the gallant Captain
Till we conquer or we die!"
So he fought both faint and bleeding, Till our stars and stripes arose,
Victory having crowned our efforts, All triumphant o'er our foes.