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To the weather-gage, boys, get her !'— And to make his men fight better Gave them gunpowder to drink Mixed with brandy, O !
Then Dacres loudly cries,
' Make this Yankee ship your prize,—
You can in thirty minutes,
Neat and handy, O ! Twenty-five's enough, I'm sure; And if you do it in a score I'll treat you to a double share
Of brandy, O !'
The British shot flew hot, Which the Yankee answered not Till they got within the distance
They call 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, Came her mainmast by the board, Which made this lofty frigate
Look abandoned, O ! The 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 mizen fell, Which doused the royal ensign
Neat and handy, 0 ! ' By George !' says he, ' we're done !'— And then fired a lee gun, While the Yankees struck up
1 Yankee doodle dandy, O !'
Then Dacres came on board To deliver up his sword, Loth was he to part with it, 'Twas so handy, O !