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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Columbia’s Favourite Son
From the Pennsylvania Gazette—November 4, 1789

Sung on the occasion of the procession in honour of the President’s (Washington) arrival at Boston, October 26, 1789

GREAT Washington the hero’s come,
Each heart exulting hears the sound,
Thousands to their deliverer throng,
And shout him welcome all around!
      Now in full chorus join the song,        5
      And shout aloud, great Washington.
Then view Columbia’s favourite son,
  Her father, saviour, friend, and guide!
There see the immortal Washington!
  His country’s glory, boast, and pride!
      Now in full chorus, &c.
When the impending storm of war,
  Thick clouds and darkness hid our way,
Great Washington, our polar star,
  Arose; and all was light as day!
      Now in full chorus, &c.
’Twas on yon plains thy valour rose,        15
  And ran like fire from man to man;
’Twas here thou humbled Paria’s foes,
  And chased whole legions to the main!
      Now in full chorus, &c.
Through countless dangers, toil, and cares,
  Our hero led us safely on—        20
With matchless skill directs the wars,
  Till Victory cries—The day’s his own!
      Now in full chorus, &c.
His country saved, the contest o’er,
  Sweet peace restored, his toils to crown,
The warrior to his native shore        25
  Returns, and tills his fertile ground.
      Now in full chorus, &c.
But soon Columbia call’d him forth
  Again to save her sinking fame;
To take the helm, and, by his worth,
  To make her an immortal name!
      Now in full chorus, &c.
Nor yet alone through Paria’s shores,
  Has Fame her mighty trumpet blown;
E’en Europe, Afric, Asia, hears,
  And emulate the deeds he’s done!
      Now in full chorus, &c.

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