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AMERICAN SEA SONGS.                     25
And toted all the terrapins,
And nabbed the slippery whalers.
And where d' ye think we next did go ?
Why, down to the Marquesas. And there we buried underground
Some thousand golden pieces.
Then sailed about the ocean wide,
Sinking, burning, taking, Filling pockets, spilling oil,
While Johnny's heart was aching.
The ballad then describes the arrival of the Phoebe and Cherub and the rencontre in Valparaiso Bay, the challenge and the flight of the Phoebe, in verses which have a great deal of rude vigor.
At last John Bull quite sulky grew,
And called us traitors all, And swore he 'd fight our gallant crew,
Paddies and Scots and all.
Then out he went in desperate rage,
Swearing, as sure as day, He 'd starve us all or dare us out
Of Valparaiso Bay.
Then out he sailed in gallant trim,
As if he thought to fright us, Run up his flag and fired a gun
To say that he would fight us.
Our cables cut, we put to sea, And ran down on his quarter,
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