Pat's Adventures in the Steamboat Henry Clay, on Lake Erie.
It is said, that the incidents, recorded in the following LINES, are founded on fact. A generous hearted son of Ireland, wished to get to "Arie," and was taken past the "wished for port;" but from the fury of the wind and storms, his hopes of touching his anxious foot on land at "Arie," were again and again, and still once again blasted.
Pat took his passage, as they say,
In luckless hour, on board the Clay:
To "Arie's" port, he wish'd to go,
But adverse winds have answe'd, no!
Three times the destin'd port in view--
By it the treach'rous steamboat flew,
Again poor Pat will surely go,
From Detroit down to Buffalo.
The gloomy night does now no more,
Hide from our view the wood crown'd shore--
By "Arie's" port again you'll go,
And Pat take on to Buffalo.
Vainly shall NORTON or friend PEASE,
Attempt again his wrath to appease:--
Alas! friend Pat, hard is thy doom,
O'er "Arie's" wave so oft to roam.
But such our lot beneath the sky;
Our destin'd port, we oft pass by.
Then, courage Pat, and dont despair--
But go on board the Pioneer!
To Dunkirk go, and then by land,
A passage, sure, you may command.
Dont trust again, the stormy wave--
Nor "Arie's" perils rashly brave:
For 'tis, my friend, a luckless way,
To get to "Arie" on the Clay!