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Loss of the Anglo Saxon (James Murphy)

Gently o'er the swelling deep
The noble vessel rolls;
On deck the guards their night-watch keep;
Within her bosom safely sleep
Five hundred living souls.

The moon pours down her pallid ray
Upon the placid tide;
And bounding on she throws away,
In crystal showers, the seething spray
That leaves her massive side.

Next Phoebus rolls his car of State
Above the Eastern Wave;
And sheds bright hope to hearts elate.
False hopes! They rush but to their fate.
A dismal wat'ry grave!

For soon those rays of glory bright,
Are shrouded dim and dark!
A shadow worse than Egypt's night,
Or ere the Great One said "Be light"
Enrobes the fatal bark!

Down drops the fog's thick lurid shroud-
Hark! 'tis the breakers' rout,
More dreadful than the thunder's cloud,
Breaks on the ear! now piercing, loud,
Sounds dire despair's shrill shout!

Crash on the billow-beaten rock!
Back on the foaming crest;
Onward again with murderous shock,
The surges seem her strength to mock,
And beat with fiercer zest.

The mighty ship that crossed the main
In an instant disappears!
The massive bolts are rent in twain,
But shattered fragments now remain,
Of the labored work of years!

Five hundred souls! Oh, woeful plight!
From infancy to age
Tossed by the boiling surges' might,
Now raised on high-now lost to sight
And swallowed in their rage!

The cowering infant madly torn
From off the mother's breast,
Husband of wife and children shorn,
And youth and strength all swiftly borne
Like straws on the boiling crest.

And now their wailing is heard no more,
They have sunk from the drifting planks-
And naught is heard but the ocean roar
And the voice of the saved on the cold, salt shore,
As they send up their prayer of thanks!

####.... Published without an author's name on pp.62-63 of the Old Colony Song Book, Newfoundland, by James Murphy [1867-1931] 12 Pennywell Road, St John's, Newfoundland, August, 1904 ....####
James Murphy noted that the steamer Anglo Saxon of the Canadian Line ran ashore and was completely lost at Clam Cove, Cape Race, owing to a thick fog, on Monday, April 27th, 1863 at 11am. Out of 445 persons on board 155 were lost.

From The Ships List Anglo-Saxon [1856-1863]:
The Allan Line steamship Anglo Saxon, Captain William Burgess, from Liverpool and Londonderry and destined to Quebec, with 445 passengers and crew, departed Liverpool April 16th 1863 & Londonderry April 17th 1863. On April 27th 1863, she wrecked on Cape Race, NL, with the loss of 237 lives.

From the Belfast Newsletter, May 11, 1983:
The splendid iron screw steamship Anglo Saxon which left the Foyle on the 17th April for Quebec, was totally wrecked off Cape Race on the 27th April, when, dreadful to relate, 237 lives were lost. It would appear that, when off Cape Race, where it was probably intended to land the latest telegrams, the vessel encountered one of those dense fogs which are so common off the Banks; for we learn by telegram that she was wrecked four miles East of Cape Race at noon of the 27th during a dense fog. The deck broke up an hour after the vessel struck, and Captain Burgess, part of the crew, and a great many passengers who were on deck when the vessel sunk in deep water were all lost.


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