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308          SONGS AND BALLADS
His mother, in amazement, almost distracted run When she view'd the situation of her dear only son. Quite meagre and almost starving, with hunger and fatigue, This sight it caused his aged mother's heart then for to bleed.
Ye Parliament of England, you Lords and Commons too, Consider well what you're about, and what you're going to do ; You're now to fight with Yankees, I'm sure you'll rue the day You roused the sons of liberty in North America.
You first confined our commerce, and said our ships sha'n't trade; • You next impressed our seamen, and used them as your slaves ; You then insulted Rogers while ploughing o'er the main, And had not we declared war you'd have done it o'er again.
You thought our frigates were but few and Yankees could not
fight, Until brave Hull your Guerriire took and banished her from
your sight. The Wasp then took your Frolic, we'll nothing say to that— The Poictiers being of the line, of course she took her back.
The next, your Macedonian, no finer ship could swim, Decatur took her gilt-work off, and then he sent her in. Th&Java by a Yankee ship was sunk, you all must know; The Peacock fine, in all her plume, by Lawrence down did go.
Then next you sent your Boxer to box us all about, But we had an Enterprising brig that beat your Boxer out; We boxed her up to Portland and moored her off the town, To show the sons of liberty the Boxer of renown.
The next upon Lake Erie, where Perry had some fun, You own he beat your naval force, and caused them for to run; This was to you a sore defeat, the like ne'er known before— Your British squadron beat complete—some took, some run ashore.