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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
The Harrison Banner
 
Tune—“The Star-spangled Banner”

AROUSE, sons of freedom, ye patriots arouse,
  Come forth to the rescue and manfully tender,
On Liberty’s altar a patriot’s vows
  To her and your country’s heroic defender.
        Arouse and proclaim        5
        His time honour’d name,
  And mingle with liberty Harrison’s fame;
And the Harrison banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
When the minions of Britain invaded our land,        10
  And led on their cohorts in ravage and plunder,
’Twas then that old Buckeye assumed the command,
  And greeted the ears with American thunder.
        He met the proud foe,
        And return’d blow for blow,        15
  Till the Lion of England in anguish crouch’d low,
And the American Eagle in triumph did wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
Bear witness his valour, famed Tippecanoe,
  Let Fort Meigs re-echo the chivalrous story,        20
And Thames, from thy waters reflected, renew
  What occurr’d on thy banks to his immortal glory.
        The British retreat
        From certain defeat,
  The victory of freemen o’er slaves is complete,        25
And Harrison’s banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
The veteran chieftain, Republicans’ choice,
  Is called by the wise and the good of our nation,
To receive, from the people’s omnipotent voice,        30
  The highest of honours, and earth’s proudest station;
        Then, freemen, unite,
        Prepare for the fight,
  And Heaven will prosper the cause of the right,
And the Harrison banner in triumph shall wave        35
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
 
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