Image from the Who is John Maynard? website, where there are several newspapers transcriptions related to the burning of the Erie in 1841.
From the Chicago American
THE LOST OF THE ERIE
Beneath the cold blue wave they sleep,
Their winding sheet the surge,
The winds that o’er the waters sweep,
Sigh mournfully their dirge
The billows roll above each breast,
And rise beneath each head,
And non may seek their place of rest,
Affection’s tears to shed.
And every murmur from the wave,
When by the tempest tost,
Speaks to our hearts, as from the grave,
Of the lamented lost.
M A M
Alton Telegraph and Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois) Sep 11, 1841