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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
La Fayette’s Welcome to Maryland
By W. P. Farquhar
Sung at the dinner given to General La Fayette by the Legislature of Maryland, December 24th, 1824

Tune—“Scots wha hae”

WELCOME, welcome, La Fayette,
Thee we never shall forget;
Friend of man, we love thee yet,
      Friend of Liberty.
Thou wast once our friend indeed,        5
Wast our friend in time of need:
Thou for us didst freely bleed,
      Son of Liberty.
And we love to see thee here:
Thou art now, as ever, dear;        10
Thee we ever shall revere,
      Friend of Liberty.
Yes, we take thee by the hand,
Welcome thee to Maryland:
By thee she will ever stand,        15
      Firm and true to thee.
Thou hast been the honest man,
Acting on a worthy plan;
Since old Time its course began,
      Who has done like thee?        20
And the toils of war now o’er,
Welcome to Columbia’s shore:
Yes, we love thee more and more,
      Friend of Liberty.
Freedom’s cause is cause divine:        25
Freedom’s cause was ever thine:
On the world soon may it shine,
      The sun of Liberty.
Welcome, welcome, La Fayette,
Thou art good, and thou art great:        30
Welcome, welcome, to our state—
      Happy mayst thou be.
Sons and daughters long shall tell,
None did ever thee excel;
Mothers, fathers, loved thee well—        35
      Friend of Liberty.

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