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164 Songs and Ballads
The pride of our navy could never be daunted.
The dead and the dying our decks they did strew; And the star-spangled banner stained
By the blood of the Cumberland crew.1
5 When traitors found cannon no longer avail them
For fighting those heroes with God on their side; The cause of secession no power to quail them,2 The blood of our seamen it crimsoned the tide. She struck amidship, our plank she did sliver; Her sharp iron prow pierced our noble ship through; And as we were sinking in the dark rolling river, "We'll die at our guns," said the Cumberland crew.
6 Slowly she sunk in Virginia's dark waters;
Our voices on the swells shall ne'er be heard more.3 May be wept by Cumberland's brave sons and proud daughters!4
May our blood be avenged on Virginia's shore! In the battle-stained river so silently sleeping,
And most of our voices to the swells bade adieu;5 And the star-spangled banner so proudly was waving,
Was nailed to the mast of the Cumberland crew.
1 "The Flag of our Union; it boldly was planted,
Sustained by the blood of the Cumberland's crew." 1 "The power of Secessia had no power to quail them."
* "Their voices on earth will never be heard more/'
4 "They will be wept for by Columbia's sons and daughters."
* "And their souls have forever to this world bid adieu."