THE SHIP of STATE- Author   Charles E. Midlam
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The ship is wallowing in it's roughest sea, the compass swings wildly.
The winds of death are making the supreme effort to destroy her.
HOLD MATEY, STAND FAST!

The sails are taut, the mast is bent. It's make port soon
Or Davey Jones claims his richest prize.
HOLD MATEY, STAND FAST.

Give it your all and bring her in. If your greatest effort is not enough,
Remember, there is a time for a MAN to die.
HOLD MATEY, STAND FAST!

If she goes down go with her willingly for what other ship
Has given you so much. She deserves your all.
HOLD MATEY, STAND FAST!

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Patrick Henry's speech to the House. March 23,1775.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me LIBERTY or give me  DEATH!