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The Ballad of the Tea Party, song lyrics

Song: The Ballad of the Tea Party
Lyrics: unknown

Music: Sung to the tune of "The Hosier's Ghost."(2)
Year: c. 1774(3)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


(Version 1)

As near beauteous Boston lying
On the gently swelling flood,
Without jack or pennant flying.
Three ill-fated tea-ships rode.

Just as glorious Sol was setting,
On the wharf a numerous crew,
Sons of Freedom, fear forgetting,
Suddenly appear'd in view.

Arm'd with hammers, axes, chisels,
Weapons new for warlike deed,
Toward the tax-d-tea freighted vessels
They came boldly and with speed.
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O'er their heads in lofty mid sky.
Three bright angel forms were seen.
This was Hampden, that was Sydney,
With fair Liberty between.

"Soon," they cried, "your foes you'll banish,
Soon the triumph will be won,
Scarce the setting sun shall vanish
Ere the glorious deed is done!"

Quick as though the ships were boarded,
Hatches burst and chests display'd;
Axes, hammers, help afforded,
What a crash that eve was made.
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Deep into the sea descended
Cursed weed of China's cost;
Thus at once our fears were ended!
British rights shall ne'er be lost!

Captains, once more hoist your streamers,
Spread your sails and plough the wave,
Tell your master they were dreamers
When they thought to cheat the brave!




(Version 2)
Year: Appears to be a more modern version

Tea ships near to Boston lying,
on the wharf a numerous crew,
Sons of Freedom, never dying,
then appear'd in view.

CHORUS:
With a rink-tum, dink-tum,
fa-la-linkium, then appeared in view.
With a rink-tum, dink-tum,
fa-la-linkium, then appeared in view.

Armed with hammers, axes, chisels,
weapons new for warlike deed.
Towards the taxed freighted vessels,
on they came with speed.
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(CHORUS)

Overboard she goes my boy, ho,
where darkling waters roar;
We love our cup of tea full well,
but love our freedom more.

(CHORUS)

Deep, into the sea descended,
cursed weed of China's coast;
Thus at once our frears were ended,
rights shall ne'er be lost.


Notes:

1 - The Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773 from Eyewitness to History and this from the Encyclopedia Britannica

2 - Version 1 from, Curiosities of Literature: And the Literary Character Illustrated, by Isaas Kisraeli, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, p.30, published by Appleton & Company, 1846.

3 - Version 1, published in the Pennsylvania Packet, January 3, 1774.