Commodore Isaac Hull
was born 3/9/1773 (d2/13/1843)
Noted for the
victory of his ship, the Constitution over the British frigate
Guerrière in the War of 1812. The victory united the United States
behind the war effort and destroyed the legend of British naval supremacy.
It oft-times has been told, that the British seamen bold
Could flog the tars of France so neat and handy, oh!
But they never met their match, till the Yankees they did catch,
Oh, the Yankee boys for fighting are the dandy, oh.
Then Dacres came on board to deliver up his sword,
Loath was he to part with it, it was so handy, oh!
"Oh, keep your sword," says Hull, "Why it only makes you dull.
Cheer up, let's have a little bit of brandy, oh!
"The Constitution And The Guerrière"
Hermes Nye, Soldier Songs, Folkways 05249; 1977 & Burl Ives Song Book
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