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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)
nt of his red moustache, And swore, in English not over nice, To sink our Yankee scum in a trice, Or burn our ship, as the thing might be, Where the eyes of Cherbourg all should see. “Heigh-ho! you don't say so!” Whispered his friend, little Jean Crapeau. Semmes has been a wolf of the deep For many a day to harmless sheep; Ships he scuttled and robbed and burned, Watches pilfered and pockets turned; And all his plunder, bonds, and gold, He left for his Gallic friend to hold. A little over prudl the doughty Captain do With his British ship, his British crew, His gunners, trained in the “Excellent,” The guns his cousin Blakeley sent, His shot and shell at Woolwich made, What will he do with the whole parade? Up to the top of his cliffs Crapeau Had clambered to see the Sunday show; And his brother Bull, in lis fancy yacht, Stood off and on toward the fated spot; And right across the bold Captain's way The Kearsarge steamed in her war array. “Heigh-ho!” said Semmes, “Let's blow