PARODY ON WOODMAN SPARE THAT TREE DEDICATED
TO THE CONSTITUTION

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st

 

†††††††††††† Oh, Spare that noble ship

†††††††††††††† Tear not her war worn frame

†††††††††††† For on the deep blue wave

†††††††††††††† She gained a priceless name

†††††††††††† Look at her ancient hull

†††††††††††††† Her trim, her beauteous mould

†††††††††††† Do not condemn her yet

†††††††††††††† For she is not too old.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2d

 

†††††††††††† That same time honoured craft

†††††††††††† ††When war's fierce blast rang round

†††††††††††† Mann'd with a daring crew

†††††††††††††† At danger's post was found

             And in her sides received

†††††††††††††† Full many a fearful shot

†††††††††††† If You but think of this

†††††††††††††† I'm sure you'll harm her not.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3d

†††††††††††† When I was quite a boy

†††††††††††††† Old England's Cannon proud

†††††††††††† Swept o'er the azure main

†††††††††††††† Bidding defiance loud

†††††††††††† She was equipp'd for fight

               And as the fierce broadsides

†††††††††††† Belch's forth upon her foes

†††††††††††††† She lowered their haughty pride.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† 4th

 

†††††††††††† Should not our heartstrings cling

†††††††††††††† Around each rib and plank

†††††††††††† And proudly point to her

†††††††††††††† Who ne'er from danger shrank

†††††††††††† Old Ship You still can brave

†††††††††††††† The battles deaf'ning roar

†††††††††††† And prove upon the wave

†††††††††††††† Your "Ironsides" once more.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††‑‑ Anonymous

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† December 1843

 

The Captainís Clerk
1989, TGM