Naval Song


Holland, Edwin C. (Edwin Clifford), 1794-1824, “Naval Song,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 27, 2024,

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Naval Song


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


Popular music--United States
Lake Erie, Battle of, 1813--Songs and music
Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819--Songs and music
United States--History--War of 1812--Songs and music


Holland, Edwin C. (Edwin Clifford), 1794-1824


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967







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Naval Song

High fill the bowl, and round it ‘twine,
The laurels wreath of fame,
The wreath that blooms thro latest time,
To deck the hero’s name,
To Perry and his gallant host
The sparkling wine shall flow,
They tamed the pride of Britain’s boast,
And brought her glory low.

Stern over the dark tempestuous wave,
That heaves its sullen swell,
Over many a hero bold and brave,
Who in that combat fill,
The shouting host of freemen rose,
Unfurled the flag of fight,
And bade defiance to their foes,
To Britain and her might.

Together now the squadron’s ride,
The thundering cannons roar,
The lightings flash from side to side,
And slaughter wades in gore:
Fierce horror now patrols the deck,
To swell the rage of fight,
And tumult flies with hurried step,
And wild averted sight.

Where Perry moved, the god of war,
More fiercely seemed to glow,
Destruction like a baleful star,
Rained terror on the foe,
From soul to soul the pride of fame,
The love of country flies,
And every heart received the flame,
That lighened in his eyes.

No longer rocks the battles sweep,
On Erie’s stormy tide,
But over its wild and ruffled deep,
Victorious Perry rides:
Rise freemen of Columbia, rise!
Exalt the hero’s name,
Through distant lands and foreign skies,
Sound! Sound, the trumpet of fame!!!

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