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23. how the Cumberland went down. by W. M. Grey swept the angry waves O'er the gallant and the true, Rolled high in mounded graves O'er that stately frigate's crew-- Over cannon, over deck, Over all that ghastly wreck-- When the Cumberland went down. Such a roar the waters rent, As though a giant died, When the wailing billows went Above those heroes tried; And the sheeted foam leaped high, Like white ghosts against the sky, As the Cumberland went down. O shrieking waves that gushed Above that loyal band! Your cold, cold burial rushed O'er many a heart on land; And, from all the startled North, A cry of pain went forth, As the Cumberland went down. And ancient woods, that gave A thousand years of power To her lordship of the wave, And her beauty's regal dower, Bent, as though before a blast, When plunged her pennoned mast, And the Cumberland went down. And grimy mines that sent To her their virgin strength, And iron vigor lent To knit her lordly length, Wildly stirred with thr