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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Immortal Washington
Tune—“Bunch of Rushes”

  COLUMBIA’S greatest glory
Was her loved chief, fair Freedom’s friend;
  Whose fame, renown’d in story,
Shall last till time itself shall end.
      Ye muses, bring        5
      Your harps, and sing
  Sweet lays that in smooth numbers run,
      In praise of our loved hero,
  The great, the god-like Washington.
  His fame, through future ages,        10
Columbia’s free-born sons shall raise;
  The theme each heart engages,
All tongues shall join to sing his praise.
      With joy sound forth
      His virtuous worth,        15
  And tell the glorious acts he’s done.
      Of all mankind, the greatest
  Was our beloved Washington.
  And, O! thou great Creator,
Who form’d his youth, and watch’d his age,        20
  Since thou, in course of nature,
Hast call’d him from his earthly stage,
      Great Power above,
      Enthroned in love,
  Who was, before this world began,        25
      Receive into thy bosom
  Our virtuous hero—Washington.

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