SUBJECT: the decommissioning of an old warship
THEME: playing homage to the glorious past
EXCERPTS: o, better that her shattered hulk should sink beneath the wave
Set every thread-bare small, and give her to the god of the storm
Ay, year her tattered ensign down!
EXCERPTS: her thunders mighty deep
Long had it wave on high as many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky
Her deck once red with hero’s blood where knelt the vanquished foe,
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