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22                     AMERICAN SEA SONGS.
" Come, clear the ship for action, and be handy, O.
To the weather-gage, boys, get her,"
And to make his men fight better Gave them to drink gunpowder in their brandy, O.
Then Dacres loudly cries,
" Make this Yankee ship your prize ! You can in thirty minutes, neat and handy, O.
Thirty-five 's enough, I 'm sure ;
And if you '11 do it in a score, I '11 give you a double dose of brandy, O."
The British shot flew hot,
Which the Yankee answered not, Till they got within the distance they called handy, O.
Now says Hull unto his crew,
" Boys, let's see what we can do. If we take this boasting Briton, we 're the dandy, O."
The first broadside we poured
Carried their mainmast by the board, Which made the lofty frigate look abandoned, O.
Then Dacres shook his head,
And to his officers he said, " Lord ! I didn't think these Yankees were so handy, O."
Our second told so well
That their fore and mizzen fell, Which doused the royal ensign so handy, O.
"By George," says he, "we 're done ! "
And he fired a lee gun, While the Yankees struck up Yankee doodle dandy, O.
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