General Howe's Letter

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Melody - "Derry Down"
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July 1777

As to kidnap the Congress has long been my aim,
I lately resolved to accomplish the same;
And that none in the glory might want his due share,
All the troops were to Brunswick desired to repair,
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

2. There I met them in person and took the command,
When I instantly told them the job upon hand;
I did not detain them with long-winded stuff,
But made a short speech and each soldier looked bluff.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

3. With this omen elated, towards Quibbletown,
I led them concluding the day was our own;
For, till we went thither, the coast was quite clear,
But Putnam and Washington, damn them, were there!
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

4. I own I was staggered to see with what skill,
The rogues were intrenched on the brow of the hill;
With a view to dismay them, I showed my whole force,
But they kept their position, and cared not a curse.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

5. There were then but two ways-- to retreat or attack,
And to me it seemed wisest by far to go back;
For I thought if I rashly got into a fray,
There might both be the Devil and Piper to pay.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

6. Then, to lose no more time by parading in vain,
I determined elsewhere to transfer the campaign;
So just as we went, we returned to this place,
With no other difference -- than mending our pace.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

7. Where next we proceed is not yet very clear,
But when we get there, be assured you shall hear;
Iíll settle that point when I meet with my brother,
Meanwhile, weíre embarking for some place or other.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

8. Having briefly, my lord, told you how the land lies,
I hope thereís enough for a word to the wise;
ĎTis a good horse, they say, that never will stumble,
But fighting or flying, Iím your very humble.
Derry down, down, down Derry down.

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