Perry's Victory, A New Patriotic Song


Hutton, Joseph, 1787-1828, “Perry's Victory, A New Patriotic Song,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed July 16, 2024,

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Perry's Victory, A New Patriotic 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
Heroes--Songs and music

Alternative Title

Over the Bosom of Erie in Fanciful Pride


Hutton, Joseph, 1787-1828


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


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








Perry’s Victory

Over the bosom of Erie in fanciful pride,
Did the fleet of old England exaltingly ride,
Till the flag of Columbia her Perry unfurled,
The boast of the west and the pride of the world!

Chorus - And still should the foe dare the fight to sustain,
Gallant Perry shall lead on to conquest again.

The spirit of Lawrence his influence sheds,
To the van of the fight while the Lawrence he leads,
Then death dealt around, thou’ such numbers oppose,
And leveled the gun at fair libertys foes. Chorus –

When covered with stain, from her deck he withdrew,
And let the Neagard the fight to renew,
Where undaunted in danger, our sea beaten tars,
Over the cross of St. George waved the stripes and the stars! Chorus

Six ships while our banners triumphantly flew
Submitted to tars who were born to subdue,
When they rushed to the battle, resolved to maintain,
The freedom of trade, and our right to the main., Chorus

With the glory of conquest our heroes are crowned,
Let their brows with the bright naval chaplet bebound,
For still should the foe dare the fight to sustain,
Gallant Perry shall lead them to conquest again. Chorus

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