Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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But the might of England flushed
To anticipate the scene ; And her van the fleeter rushed
O'er the deadly space between. " Hearts of oak! " our captains cried, when each gun From its adamantine lips Spread a death-shade round the ships, Like the hurricane eclipse Of the sun.
Again ! again ! again !
And the havoc did not slack, Till a feeble cheer the Dane
To our cheering sent us back: Their shots along the deep slowly boom:-Then ceased, and all is wail, As they strike the shattered sail; Or, in conflagration pale, Light the gloom.
Outspoke the victor then,
As he hailed them o'er the wave; a Ye are brothers ! ye are men ! And we conquer but to save ! So peace instead of death let us bring; But yield, proud foe, thy fleet, With the crews, at England's feet, And make submission meet To our King."
Then Denmark blessed our chief,
That he gave her wounds repose; And the sounds of joy and grief From her people wildly rose, As Death withdrew his shades from the day, While the sun looked smiling bright O'er a wide and woeful sight, Where the fires of funeral light Died away.
Now joy, Old England, raise!
For the tidings of thy might, By the festal cities' blaze,
Whilst the wine-cup shines in light; And yet, amidst that joy and uproar, Let us think of them that sleep, Full many a fathom deep. By thy wild and stormy steep, Elsinore!
Brave hearts! to Britain's pride
Once so faithful and so true, On the deck of fame that died
With the gallant, good Riou: Soft sigh the winds of heaven o'er their grave, While the billow mournful rolls And the mermaid's song condoles, Singing glory to the souls Of the brave!

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