William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
By Edward Rushton (17561814)
The author of the following complimentary poem, to the men and the principles of 76, was an Englishman. He was born and died in Liverpool. He was esteemed and respected for his personal worth, his talents, and his liberal principles. He was the friend of Roscoe! It is nearly half a century since the writer of this note parted with Edward Rushton. He was then, and for many years before had been blind. His bland and gentle manners, his conversational powers, and the zeal and eloquence with which he advocated the principles of universal freedom, made his society much sought after. All his poems, and he wrote several, proclaim not only his love of freedom and the whole human family, but the goodness of his heart. Praise from such a man is no light homage paid to the courage and the virtue of the founders of our republic.
YE men of Columbia, O hail the great day
Which burst your tyrannical chain;
Which taught the oppressd how to spurn lawless sway,
And establishd equalitys reign;
Yes, hail the blessd moment, when, awfully grand,