The Whigs Are More Interested in Beating Tyler than Polk

Uncle Sam and his Servants


THE WHIG RIFLE.

Tune. — Old Rosin, the Beau.

Come, true gallant Whigs of the Union—
Though cheated, we’ll never complain ;
If a traitor has snapped our Whig Rifle,
We’ll pick flint, and try it again;

We’ll pick flint, and try it again,
We’ll pick flint, and try it again;
If a traitor has snapped our Whig Rifle,
We’ll pick flint, and try it again.

This time we fell in with a Judas,
A dotard both selfish and vain;
And he’s made our Whig Rifle burn priming,
But we’ll pick flint, and try it again.

But we’ll pick flint, &c.

His eyes have grown dim with the vapors,
Abstractions have addled his brain;
And whatever he shoots at he misses—
Bui we’ll pick flint, and try it again.

But we’ll pick flint, &c.

Brave William, when he lay a dying,
Gave up the Whig Rifle with pain;
And for his sake, who so gallantly won it,
We’ll pick flint and try it again.

We’ll pick flint and try it again,
We’ll pick flint and try it again,
If a traitor has snapped our Whig Rifle,
We’ll pick flint and try it again.

From the green fertile fields of Kentucky,
A hunter steps over the plain, –
And his eagle eye sights our good Rifle,—
And he’ll pick flint and try it again.
And he’ll pick flint, &c.

Huzza! for our bold gallant Harry,
He lifts not the rifle in vain.
And straight to the centre she’ll carry,
When he picks it, and tries it again.

When he picks it, &c.

Last war, when our captive sailors,
Their cries sent abroad on the main,
“Free Trade!” “Sailor’s Rights!” cried brave Harry,
Lad’s, pick flint, and try it again.

Lads, pick flint, &c.

And now, when a dastard and traitor
Has caused us to triumph in vain,
True Harry leads on to the rescue,
Crying, “pick flint, and try it again!”

Crying, pick flint, &c.

Henry Clay of Kentucky, is our leader,
Come, rally from mountain and plain!
Think no more of the thing that betrayed us,
But pick flint and try it again.
But pick flint and try it again.
But pick flint and try it again,
Think no more of the thing that betrayed us,
But pick flint, and tiy it again.


Notes:

“The traitor” is Tyler.

“Abstraction” is how someone in 1844 would say “theoretically” today.

Tyler was an old States Rights Whig, as opposed to the new National Whigs that Clay personified.  He saw that, in theory, the President had a lot of power and so … he used it.

After Harrison’s death, Tyler came to Washington and met with the Cabinet (led by Henry Clay).  The Cabinet informed him that the way things worked, policy and the president’s actions were set by majority vote in the Cabinet.  Hearing this, Tyler replied with words to the effect of, “If any of you is not prepared to support my policy, I will accept your resignation.”  Before too long, the only one who hadn’t resigned was Daniel Webster.

The “last war” was the War of 1812, when the slogan was  indeed “Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights!”


Tomorrow: another amusing anecdote…..

 

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