William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
From the Pennsylvania GazetteJuly 9, 1788
The following song, composed by Francis Hopkinson, Esq., was distributed on the occasion of the Grand Federal Procession in Philadelphia, July 4, 1788, in celebration of the Declaration of Independence, made by the thirteen United States of America, July 4, 1776.
O FOR a muse of fire! to mount the skies
And to a listening world proclaim
Behold! behold! an empire rise!
An era new, Time, as he flies,
Hath entered in the book of fame. 5
On Alleghanys towering head
Echo shall standthe tidings spread,
And oer the lakes and misty floods around,
An era new resound.
See! where Columbia sits alone, 10
And from her star-bespangled throne
Beholds the gay procession move along,
And hears the trumpet, and the choral song
She hears her sons rejoice
Looks into future times, and sees 15
The numerous blessings Heaven decrees,
And with her plaudit joins the general voice.
Tis done! tis done! My sons, she cries,
In war are valiant, and in council wise;
Wisdom and valour shall my rights defend, 20
And oer my vast domain those rights extend.
Science shall flourish, Genius stretch her wing,
To native strains Columbian muses sing;
Wealth crown the arts, and Justice clean her scales,
Commerce her ponderous anchor weigh, 25
Wide spread her sails,
And in far distant seas her flag display.
My sons for freedom fought, nor fought in vain;
But found a naked goddess was their gain:
Good government alone can show the maid 30
In robes of social happiness arrayd.
Hail to this festival! all hail the day!
Columbias standard on her roof display;
And let the peoples motto ever be, United thus, and thus unitedfree! 35