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James Bird Where is Bird? The battle rages, Is he in the strife or no? Now the cannons roar tremendous: Dare be meet his hostile foe? Ay, behold! see him and Perry! In the selfsame ship they fight; Though his messmates fall around him, Nothing can his soul affright. Ay, behold! a ball has struck him, See the crimson current flow: "Leave the deck," exclaimed brave Perry; "No," cries Bird, "I will not go". "Here on board I tuck my station, Ne 'er will Bird his colors fly; I'll stand by you, gallant captain, Til we conquer, lest we die. Still he fought, though faint and bleeding, Till our Stars and Stripes arose, Victory having gained our efforts, All triumphant o'er our foes. [Bird deserts; he is court-martialed and shot] See him kneel upon his coffin; Sure his death can do no good: Spare him! Hark! 0 God, they've shot him! See, his bosom streams with blood. Farewell Bird; farewell forever Friends and home you'll see no more Now his mangled corpse lies buried On Lake Erie's distant shore DT #361 Laws A5 Printed in Folk-Songs of the South SOF
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