Captain James Lawrence commanded the USS Chesapeake in a single ship action against the British HMS Shannon during the War of 1812. He is probably best known today for his dying command “Don’t give up the ship!” Captain Lawrence, was mortally wounded by small arms fire. He ordered his officers, “Don’t give up the ship. Fight her till she sinks. Men carried him below, and his crew was overwhelmed by a British boarding party shortly afterward. James Lawrence died of his wounds on 4 June 1813[/caption]
Don’t give up the ship
when tangled with demons,
Fight, Fight, Fight!
They never told me the truth
They never gave me a reason.
Who are they?
Are they men?
Are they women?
No not children and not a baby.
Yet in bodies of flesh they perform the will of their Prince.
They want to go abroad into your soul,
that you may manifest evil things.
I ask what, are we drawn to, their sensational flight?
Where ever they go they hurt, they lie.
They know who you are but they can’t promote any good.
Their cowardice is hidden in loud demonstrative upheavals
of tumult and confusion where there’s no peace and much evil.
They need your joy they want your peace.
They appear seemingly harmless in an around about way.
They are simple, but quick with frustrations that enter your day.
They Tap, They Smile, They sing, but never believe they are happy.
They hurl unfounded words at your heart, blaming you, saying your
wrong, your unaccomplished, you are a fool, your lacking you have
no song, They disguise hostility as encouragement and believe only
lies they never enter the truth they can ‘t conceive it in their
When will they quit?
When you give up the ship.
So fight and fight and fight, still fight even more, soon you’ll soar.
It is written you have already won the war.