Lost on the Lady Elgin

Verse 2
Oh! ’tis the cry of children,
Weeping for parents gone;
Children who slept at evening,
But orphans woke at dawn.
Sisters for brothers weeping,
Husbands for missing wives—
Such are the ties dis-sever’d
With those three hundred lives.

Verse 3
Staunch was the noble steamer—
Precious the freight she bore;
Gaily she loosed her cables,
A few short hours before.
Grandly she swept out harbor,
Joyfully rang her bell;
Little thought we, ‘ere morning,
‘Twould toll so sad a knell.