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American Ballads and Folk Songs
A man-of-war, an English ship, from the navy hove in view And fired a shot across our bow for a signal to heave to. We paid no heed to answer back but made haste with the wind, When a chance shot struck our mainmast, and we were forced to heave to then.
We cleared our deck for action as she came up alongside, And soon across our quarter deck there ran the crimson tide, We fought till Captain Moore was killed with eighteen of our men. When a bombshell set our ship on fire, we were forced to surrender then.
•Tune is from Joana Colcord's Roll and Go (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merill Co.)-