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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Old Fort Meigs
By a soldier who fought there

Air—“O! lonely is the forest shade”

O! LONELY is our old green fort,
  Where oft, in days of old,
Our gallant soldiers bravely fought
  ’Gainst savage allies bold;
But with the change of years have pass’d        5
  That unrelenting foe,
Since we fought here with Harrison,
  A long time ago.
It seems but yesterday I heard,
  From yonder thicket nigh,        10
The unerring rifle’s sharp report,
  The Indian’s startling cry.
Yon brooklet flowing at our feet,
  With crimson gore did flow,
When we fought here with Harrison,        15
  A long time ago.
The river rolls between its banks,
  As when of old we came,
Each grassy path, each shady nook,
  Seems to me still the same;        20
But we are scatter’d now, whose faith
  Pledged here, through weal or wo,
With Harrison our soil to guard,
  A long time ago.
But many a soldier’s lip is mute,        25
  And clouded many a brow,
And hearts that beat for honour then,
  Have ceased their throbbing now.
We ne’er shall meet again in life
  As then we met, I trow,        30
When we fought here with Harrison,
  A long time ago.

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