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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore), 2. Captain Semmes, C. S. A. N. June 19, 1864. (search)
tretched forth the flag of his outraged land. In vain he hoisted his sails to flee; For each foot he sailed, his foe sailed three. Heigh-ho! “Why, here's a blow,” Said Semmes, as he hauled his flag below. Well was it for the cavalier, That brother Bull was lying near. His vessel with a haughty curl Turned up her nose, and in the whirl Of the white sea, stern foremost, tore As if in scorn of the crew she bore. Then the thrifty Briton launched his boat, To pick up aught that might be afloat, And aing behind his fame and sword; And then the Deerhound stole away, Lest Winslow's guns might have a say; Landed him in Southampton town, Where heroes like him have had renown, Ever since Lawrence, Perry, and Hull, Took hold of the horns of great John Bull. Had I been Winslow, I say to you, As the sea is green, the sky is blue, Through the Deerhound I'd have sent a shot, And John might have liked the thing or not I Heigh-ho! come soon or slow, In the end we are bound to have a blow. What said th