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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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1801.5
On the French Navy Being Cover'd with Glory
Anon
The Hull Packet (August 18, 1801)

By land no more Great Nation fight,
    You've triumph'd there in story;
But now by sea we own your might,
    You're cover'd o'er with Glory!—
Tailors of Fame, those BRITISH TARS,
    Humanely to equip you,
Let no rude hand in future Wars
    Of such a Covering strip you.

HOWE took your measure first in June,
    ST. VINCENT cut for Spain, Sir,
And DUNCAN work'd so neat, and soon,
    He made the Dutchmen vain, Sir.[1]

These Tailors should your praises share,
    For well they work in stile, Sir;
And eke the Master-workman rare,
    The Tailor of the Nile, Sir.


Notes

1. Richard Howe, John Jervis Lord St. Vincent, and Adam Duncan were heroes of the British Admiralty.

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