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20                     AMERICAN SEA SONGS.
His heart filled with anything but fears ;
And squirting out his quid,
As he saw the captain did, He cleaned out his mouth for three cheers.
Another song on the same engagement, entitled Halifax Station, begins thus: —
From Halifax Station a bully there came,
To take or be taken, called Dacres by name ;
And who but a Yankee he met on his way ;
Says the Yankee to him, " Will you stop and take tea ? "
After giving Dacres's high and mighty address to his crew, and Hull's more modest appeal, it says: —
Then we off with our hats and gave him a cheer,
Swore we 'd stick by brave Hull, while a seaman could
steer. Then at it we went with a mutual delight, For to fight and to conquer is a seaman's free right.
The poet naturally takes the privilege of present­ing the confounded Britisher in the most humiliat­ing light, and the manner in which Captain Dacres signified his surrender is probably more graphic than historically correct: —
Then Dacres looked wild, and then sheathed his sword, When he found that his masts had all gone by the board. And, dropping astern, cries out to his steward, " Come up and be d------d ! Fire a gun to leeward ! "
This battle, fought in the North Atlantic on August
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