The Riverside song book/A Ballad of the Boston Tea Party
A BALLAD OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY.
Oliver Wendell Holmes. Unknown.
(Air Yankee Doodle.)
An eve - ning par - ty,— on - ly that, No for - mal in - vi -
How fast the strag-glers join the throng, From stall and work-shop
On, on to where the tea - ships ride! And now their ranks are
O wo - man, at the eve - ning board So gra - cious, sweet, and
Ah, lit - tie dreams the qui - et dame Who plies with rock and
Old char-ters shriv - el in its track, His Worship's bench has
ta - tion. No gold - laced coat, no stiff cra - vat. No
gath - ered! The live - ly bar - ber skips a - long And
form - ing,— A rush, and up the Dartmouth's side The
purr - ing. So hap - py while the tea is poured, So
spin - dle The pa - tient flax, how great a flame Yon
crum - bled. It climbs and clasps the un - ion - jack. Its
feast in con - tem - pla - tion, No silk - robed dames, no
leaves a chin half lath - ered; The smith has flung
Mo - hawk band is swarm - ing! See the fierce na - tives!
blest while spoons are stirr - ing, What mar tyr can com -
lit - tle spark shall kin - dle! The lur - id morn - ing
bla - zoned pomp is hum - bled. The flags go down on
fid - dling band, No flow'rs, no songs, no danc - ing,— A
ham - mer down,— The horse - shoe still is glow - ing; The
what a glimpse Of paint and fur and feath - er, As
pare with thee, The moth - er, wife, or daugh - ter, That
shall re - veal A fire no king can smoth - er Where
land and sea Like corn be - fore the reap - ers; So
tribe of Red men, axe in hand,—Be - hold the guests ad - van - cing!
tru - ant tap - ster at the Crown Has left a beer - cask flow - ing!
all at once the full-grown imps Light on the deck to - geth - er!
night, in - tead of best Bo-hea, Condemned to milk and wa - ter!
Brit - ish flint and Bos - ton steel Have clashed a- gainst each oth - er!
burned the fire that brewed the tea That Bos - ton served her keep - ers!
Chorus to each verse.
No! ne'er was mingled such a draft In pal - ace, hall, or ar - bor. As
free - men brewed and ty - rants quaffed That night in Bos - ton Har - bor!