Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides
the U.S. frigate Constitution (used as a nickname).

* * *

▪ Primary Source
“Old Ironsides”
      In 1830 Oliver Wendell Holmes dedicated this poem to the preservation of the U.S.S. Constitution:

      Aye, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;

      Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar;
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more!

      Her decks, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,
And waves were white below,

      No more shall feel the victor's tread
Or know the conquered knee;
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!

      Oh, better that her shattered hulk
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave;

      Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Old Ironsides — is usually applied as a nickname, and may refer to: Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), English general and politician HMS Britannia, a 100 gun Royal Navy first rate ship of the line active during the American War of Independence and Napoleonic… …   Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides — Ironsides I ron*sides , n. A cuirassier or cuirassiers; also, hardy veteran soldiers; applied specifically to Cromwell s cavalry. {Old Ironsides}. (U. S. Hist.) A nickname for the U.S.S. Constitution, a sailing ship which fought in the American… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old Ironsides — (englisch für etwa alte Eisenhaut) ist ein anderer Name für Oliver Cromwell die amerikanische Segelfregatte USS Constitution die 1. US Panzerdivision Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides — noun a United States 44 gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Old Ironsides — USS Constitution …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Old Ironsides (disambiguation) — Old Ironsides may refer to: * Oliver Cromwell, an English politician *, a 100 gun first rate ship of the line that fought at Trafalgar * USS Constitution , the oldest ship in the US Navy * Old Ironsides (1926 film) film directed by James Cruze… …   Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides (poem) — Old Ironsides is a poem written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., on September 16, 1830, as a tribute to the eighteenth century frigate USS Constitution. Thanks in part to the poem, she was saved from being decommissioned and is now the oldest… …   Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides (VTA) — Old Ironsides VTA light rail station Station statistics Address …   Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides (album) — Old Ironsides Studio album by Mars Ill Released December 2006 Genre Hip hop, Rap Length 41 minutes and 16 seconds …   Wikipedia

  • Old Ironsides (film) — Old Ironsides Directed by James Cruze Written by Dorothy Arzner Starring Charles Farrell Esther Ralston Wallace Beery George Bancroft …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.