A Poem of the American Revolution
by Stephen Greenleaf

You free Born Americans Stan By your Wrights
and Drive the Damd Islanders all to their Kites
Nor Let them get foothold But Quickly with Stand
with Sulfur & Ball their Piratical Band.

 What Cannot Americans Doo when we See
at our head Hancock Washington Putnam & Lee

 Those Boogers Came over from Blunder Shire Land
with guns on their Sholders & Swords in their hands
to hold A grand Ball it was their intent
to Plunder & Rifle the whole Continent
But Dansing to Concord they had their Supply
of Balls in their Asses the Yankeys Let fly
the great Ball they had was at faim Bunker Hill
Sent out By their masters the Yankeys to Drill
But Dansing to Long too much out of Breath
The half of three thousand then their caut their Death

 What Cannot Americans Doo when we See
at our head Hancock Washington Putnam & Lee

These Boogers Love Dansing & Dansing is their traid
But to Dans with those yankeys they have Sence Bin Afraid
tho 20 to one we meat on the ground
they grant us Room with Submission Profound

 What Cannot Americans Doo when we See
at our head Hancock Washington Putnam & Lee

 Tis o you old Islanders what think you now
of your Gage or your Clinton your Burgoyne or Howe
those generals Brave have Maid their Retreat
Now more with Americans Darst they to meat

 What Cannot Americans Doo when we See
at our head Hancock Washington Putnam & Lee

 So now youl Be Dansing youl try it once more
to Dans on the Seas when you fail on the Shore
and Dans their you may til mugford's Brave Band
Shall Grant you the yous of your feet without hand
go home to Poor George & tell him your Plite
and how difficut tis without fingers to fight.

  

This is an unsigned original poem which was found in the collection of Frost family papers at the Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, Vermont. It is thought to have been written by Stephen Greenleaf (1760-1850).  He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Stephen served in the American Revolution, participating in the Saratoga Campaign, and was present at the surrender of Burgoyne.  Stephen Greenleaf was known for his prose and poetry. Misspelling was a trait of his writing and that was one way it was identified as his as well as by the handwriting.  For additional information on Stephen Greenleaf, contact Marjorie Howe.

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