American Old Time Song Lyrics: 60 The Hero Of Manila Bay

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Copyright, 1898. by Tom J. Quigley.

You have heard of the world's great battles,
And the heroes on land and sea;
There are many whose names are mentioned
Who have shown their bravery;
But the greatest fight in history was fought on the first of May,
By Commodore George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay.

Then let every American patriot his sincere homage pay,
And sound his praises as he ought, for the man who led the way;
For never was such a battle fought, or vlct'ry gained in a day.
As the one by Commodore George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay.

Tho' his course was fraught with danger,
And the enemy's guns in sight.
Each moment might bring destruction,
As he sailed in the bay that night;
When told of the desp'rate chances, he remembered the Maine and said:
"I must avenge our heroes; I order you to steam ahead)" - Chor.

Ah! no one can tell the horror
And surprise at break of day,
When the Spaniards saw our navy
Floating proudly on the bay.
Then with a thunderous rattle that terrible fight began;
But Dewey crushed their forces without the loss of one brave man -Cho
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