J. G. Ely
Ye seamen and ye landsmen all,|
Ye mothers and widows too:
Attend unto my story,
About the Hornet's crew.
2. She sail'd from New York harbour,
3. She convoy'd many vessels,
4. For NORRIS, her commander,
5. Our merchants they protected,
6. Our merchants they protected,
7. On the tenth day of September,
8. She had to slip her cables,
9. The widow's heart is breaking,|
Hope no more can charm;
The mother's heart is aching,
And love, why her alarm.
10. She sees the proud ship sinking,
11. "My Henry was on board of her,"
12. He was too proud to stoop or crawl,
13. But he is dead, the gallant boy,
14. And many a blooming youthful bride,
15. The Hornet's lost, the good and brave
16. In Congress now we must repose,
The following official particulars respecting the melancholy fate of the HORNET, will doubtless be received with deep sympathy by the public, as well as the relatives and friends of those composing her officers and crew....Captain NORRIS, her commander, has, previous to the catastrophe, interposed his official authority, in rescuing the person and property of one of our citizens from the power of one of the Spanish invading armies. On the 10th of September, a severe gale occurred, which proved highly disastrous to all the vessels on the coast. The Hornet was driven from her moorings, off Tampico, and compelled, by the violence of the wind, to stand off to sea. In this attempt she failed; and from some cause, which will probably never be known, foundered, and all on board sunk into a watery grave.
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