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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;