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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The American Constitution
Tune—“The Arethusa”

COME, all you jolly sailors here,
Whose honest hearts are void of fear,
Who wish in Freedom’s cause to steer,
      Huzza to the Constitution.
No frigate stems the watery main,        5
’Gainst which we won’t our rights maintain;
      We are all staunch
      To our favourite launch;
No pirate but we will make fly,
Prepared to conquer, boys, or die,        10
      Along with the Constitution.
We cruise to guard our country’s trade,
No other’s liberties invade:
Columbians prize the laws they’ve made—
      O, the glorious Constitution!        15
Oppression freemen all disdain,
And Freedom’s cause they will maintain.
      ’Gainst all the world
      Our flag’s unfurl’d;
We fear no power, we know no friend,        20
When forced our commerce to defend,
      Along with the Constitution.
Sweet girls, when we are far away,
We’ll still retain Hope’s cheering ray,
That Love’s soft ardour will repay        25
      Our toils in the Constitution.
Lo! now for danger we prepare;
Of honour each to gain his share,
      We’ll fearless brave
      The dashing wave:        30
You’ll cheer us as we bid adieu,
With three huzzas to the jolly crew
      Of the American Constitution.

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