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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Welcome, La Fayette
 
Composed at Nashville, and sung by the young ladies of the Nashville Female Academy on the reception of General La Fayette, at that institution, May 5th, 1825

O! WELCOME, warrior, to the soil
  That gave the brave a bed,
Whose harvest yields the ample spoil
  Of blood for freedom shed;
Welcome, welcome, to the shore        5
  Thy youthful footsteps fondly press’d,
Where freeborn millions proudly join
  To hail the nation’s guest—
Huzza! huzza! huzza! huzza!
  To hail the nation’s guest.        10
 
Ye beauteous maids, your garlands fling
  Around the hero’s brow;
Ye hoary veterans, hither bring
  The heart’s full tribute now;
Let kings their diadems cast down,        15
  And nobles shrink to nothing—yet
True glory, honour, gem the name
  Of gallant La Fayette—
Huzza! huzza! huzza! huzza!
  For gallant La Fayette!        20
 
O! welcome, father—name alone
  Dearer than titles—we,
Thy children, give thy homage known,
  And freemen greet thee free;
True patriot, shield thy hoary head        25
  Beneath the oak thou help’dst to rear:
Welcome, deliverer, champion, friend,
  La Fayette’s welcome here—
Huzza! huzza! huzza! huzza!
  La Fayette’s welcome here.        30
 
 
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