Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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15 2            Songs and Ballads
Our Decatur in the Guerriere,
Soon humbled the Turkish crew; Bro't them to submission,
As he has done to you. The Essex in the South seas,
Had put out all your lights; The flag she wore at her mast's head,
Was "free trade and sailor's rights."
Then follows stanza 10 ("Grant us free trade," etc.), which con­cludes the song. The adaptation must have been made after Decatur's exploits of June, 1815.
1      You parliament of England,
you lords and commons, too, Consider well what you're about,
and what you mean to do; You're now at war with Yankees —
I'm sure you'll rue the day, You roused the sons of liberty,
in North America.
2     You first confin'd our commerce,
you said our ships shan't trade, You then impress'd our seamen,
and us'd them as your slaves, You then insulted Ro[d]gers,
while cruising on the main, And had we not declared war,
you'd done it o'er again.
3     You thought our frigates were but few,
and Yankees could not fight, Until bold Hull the Guerriere took, and banish'd her from sight;

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