Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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Maine Lumberjacks          i6 3
2     On the eighth day of March, about ten in the
morning, The sky it was cloudless and bright shone the sun, When the drum on the Cumberland sounded the warning Which told every seaman to stand by his gun; When an ironclad came bearing down on us, And high in the air she the rebel flag flew; The pennon of treason so proudly was waving Determined to conquer the Cumberland crew.
3     Then up steps our captain with firm resolution,
Saying, "Boys, by this monster we'll ne'er be dismayed; Let us fight for the Union's beloved constitution,
To die for the Union we are not afraid. Let us fight for the Union's own cause, it is glorious; For the stars and the stripes we will always prove true. Let us die at our quarters or conquer victorious." He was answered with cheers from the Cumber­land crew.
4     Then our port we threw open and our guns we let
Broadsides on the enemy like hail we did pour; Our seamen they stood wrapt in great wonder,1
When a shot struck her side and glanced harm­lessly o'er.
1 "The people gazed, and struck with terror and wonder."

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