When brave Van Rensselaer cross'd the stream, Just at the break of day Distressing thoughts, a restless dream, Disturb'd me where I lay. But all the terrors of the night Did quickly flee away: My opening eyes beheld the light, And hail'd the new-born day. Soon did the murdering cannon's roar Put blood in all my veins; Columbia's sons have trod the shore Where the proud Britain reigns. To expose their breast to cannon's ball, Their country's rights to save, O what a grief to see them fall! True heroes, bold and brave! The musket's flash, the cannon's glow, Thunder'd and lighten'd round, Struck dread on all the tawny foe, And swept them to the ground. I thought what numbers must be slain, What weeping widows left! And aged parents full of pain, Of every joy bereft. The naked savage yelling round Our heroes where they stood, And every weapon to be found Was bathed in human blood. But bold Van Rensselaer, full of wounds, Was quickly carried back; Brave Colonel Bloom did next command The bloody fierce attack. Where Brock, the proud insulter, rides In pomp and splendor great; Our valiant heroes he derides, And dared the power of fate. Continue reading "The Battle of Queenstown (October 13, 1812) by William Banker, Jr."