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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Harrison and Liberty
 
Tune—“Jefferson and Liberty”

FROM Mississippi’s utmost shore,
  From cold New Hampshire’s piney hills;
From broad Atlantic’s sullen roar,
  To where the western ocean swells,—
How loud the notes of joy arise        5
  From every bosom warm and free!
How strains triumphant fill the skies
  For Harrison and liberty.
 
Turn to the scroll, where patriot sires
  Your independence did declare,        10
Whose words still glow like living fires,—
  His father’s name is written there.
That father taught that son to swear
  His country ne’er enslaved should be;
Then lend your voices to the air        15
  For Harrison and Liberty!
 
O’er savage foes, who scourged our land,
  When Wayne so wild and madly burst,
Among his brave and gallant band
  The youthful Harrison was first.        20
And when, on Wabash leafy banks,
  Tecumseh’s warriors gather’d free;
How swift they fled before the ranks
  Of Harrison and Liberty!
 
When Meigs’ heights his army held,        25
  And haughty Britons circled round,
His conquering legions clear’d the field,
  While notes of triumph peal’d around!
And though on Thames’s tide again
  His progress Proctor sought to stay,        30
Dismay’d he fled, and left the plain
  To Harrison and Liberty!
 
Now honour’d be his hoary age,
  Who glory for his country won:—
Shout for the hero, patriot, sage,        35
  For William Henry Harrison:
Of all our chiefs he oftenest fought,
  But never lost a victory,
And peace was gain’d, and plenty brought
  By Harrison and Liberty!        40
 
 
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