OHP in the Arts

Keen memory PIB residents have referred us to an interesting and rare piece of music. A 1902 tribute to Captain James Lawerence commemorates the origin of Perry’s famous phrase, “Don’t Give up the Ship.” Some may be fortunate to hear this performed live this Fall. The first two verses:
The thunder of battle loud roars on the wave,
As Columbia’s proud sons her honor to save,
Rush forth the conflict with shouts of the free,
And mingle their blood with the foam of the sea.
And mingle their blood with the foam of the sea.

The cries of the wounded are piercing the sky,
As the death-dealing shot comes whistling by,
And the deck are flowing with blood of the brave
Who perish thus nobly their country to save.
Who perish thus nobly their country to save.

OHP:  Begun  by Gilbert Stuart, 1818; finished byd Jane Stuart, 1828

OHP: Begun by Gilbert Stuart, 1818; finished by Jane Stuart, 1828

Battle of the Lake, “National Intelligencer, Georgetown, DC, 5 October 1813
“On the banks of Lake Erie there tower’d an oak,
Which near to its shade a laurel tree nourish’d,
Where no axe had ever repeated its stroke,
And both in their native luxuriant flourish’d:

“But the lords of the ocean infested the Lake
With the vessels of tyranny brought from afar;
At the sight of whose prows the world used to quake-
The champions and legends of maritime war.

“Under Liberty’s auspices down came the oak,
And soon a brave vessel was launched from the strand;
And the laurel, disdaining a base foreign yoke,
On the Lake still attended her partner by land.”
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Translation:
On the banks of Lake Erie there tower’d an oak [ship-building timber],
Which near to its shade a laurel tree nourish’d, [frontier colonists and militia]
Where no axe had ever repeated its stroke, [no large ships previously built at Erie]
And both in their native luxuriant flourish’d: [the great Northwest of America’s ‘Manifest Destiny’]

But the lords of the ocean infested the Lake [the British came down the Saint Lawrence]
With the vessels of tyranny brought from afar; [Man-of-War ships]
At the sight of whose prows the world used to quake- [Spanish, Dutch, and French]
The champions [Nelson, et. al.] and legend of maritime war. [Battles of Nile, 1st of June, and Trafalgar, etc.]

Under Liberty’s [young America] auspices down came the oak,
And soon a brave vessel [Lawrence or Niagara] was launched from the strand; [the sandbar at Pres’que Isle]
And the laurel, [militia and Harrison’s land force] disdaining a base foreign yoke, [reasserted British dominion]
On the Lake still attended her partner by land. [Harrison transferred 130 soldiers; and executed the coup d’grace at the Battle of the Thames.]

J. B. Forrest engraving of J.W. Jarvis original.

J. B. Forrest engraving of J.W. Jarvis original.

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