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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Peace—1815
 
HE comes! the welcome herald comes!
Mute be trumpets, fifes, and drums;
  Make ploughshares of each sabre:
The soldier cit no more shall prance
On warlike steed, but gayly dance        5
  To merry pipe and tabor.
 
Ring! ring the merry Christ-Church bells:
Greet him, fair maids, with sunny smiles,
  And strew his way with flowers.
Grim-visaged War no more shall scare—        10
No more Bellona rudely tear
  Fond lovers from your bowers.
 
Join, vocal maids, the choral train,
And swell the dulcet “Carrol” 1 strain,
  The halcyon song of peace:        15
The loves and graces, hand in hand,
Again shall reign throughout the land,
  And war and discord cease.
 
’Tis merry in each crowded street,
Where jolly cits each other greet        20
  In hearty gratulation:
And, like heaven’s galaxy bright,
The city sheds one stream of light
  In clear illumination.
 
Now shines our great republic’s pride:        25
Her valiant chieftains, side by side
  Their trophies join’d with peace:
Their patriot deeds and martial mien,
In bright transparencies are seen,
  In all the pride of grease.        30
 
E’en Quidnunc’s brows no longer lour,
But catch the influence of the hour,
  And smiles his visage grace:
To Peace the genial bowl he quaffs,
In merry jeers cracks jokes, and laughs        35
  War’s wrinkles from his face.
 
The din of arms no more prevail,
The seaman loosens every sail
  To catch the favouring breeze;
Again is heard the hum of trade,        40
The victor starry flag is spread
  To brighten distant seas.
 
Note 1. The name of the gentleman who announced the glad tidings of peace, as also that of the British vessel in which he came, the “Favourite,” are peculiarly appropriate.—If names are ominous, these augur well. [back]
 
 
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