Poetry and War: Constitution v. Guerriere

Naval History
[caption id="attachment_149" align="alignnone" width="300"] USS Constitution v. HMS Guerriere. Public domain image from Naval Historical Center.[/caption] In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of War of 1812, here's an excerpt from Columbia's Naval Victories, a poem about the naval victories of the Americans, written in 1813 by Benjamin Allen. -- In war a lion, though a lamb in peace, Hull [1. A brief biography of Isaac Hull can be found here.] bears the flag of freedom o'er the seas;[2. A motto often flown on ship's flags was "Free Trade and Sailors' Rights."] Ready to vindicate his country's fame, And add new honours to her injur'd name. Soon Albion's banner rises on his view [3. A few weeks previous to this battle, the Constitution had successfully evaded the Guerriere, which had then been sailing…
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