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Composed for the Piano Forte by George J. Webb

Boston: Published by C. Bradlee 107 Washington Street

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On! on! thou eagle pinin'd bark
Haste on thy watery way!
Thou'lt meet the tempest wild and dark,
For many a weary day.
For many a day, and many a night
Thou'lt plough the billows deep
Or o'er the crested waves in light
Majestic beauty sweep.
Or o'er the crested waves in light
Majestic beauty sweep.

[Verse Two]
Onward! thou gallant ship nor fear
The raving tempest's wrath
Out-brave it all, and boldly steer
Right on the homeward path!
I long to hear the Ocean's foam
Dash on my native strand;
I long to breathe the gales that come
From my own Father's land!

[Verse Three]
I long oh! how I long to see
The elm o'er shadow'd cot;
Of all this clouded world to me,
The only sunny spot.
My home! how sweet the sound! my home
Scene of my Eden hours
Where love, and joy, and pleasure bloom!
Life's bright perennial flowers.


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