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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
American Union
    WHILE Britain, with despotic sway,
    Would at her feet our freedom lay,
We raised the standard—“To arms! to arms!” we cried:
    Our patriots fought—they bled—they died:
    Independent Columbians they would be,        5
      Resolved to perish or be free.
    Great Washington did there command:
    He led the bold, heroic band—
They fought and conquer’d—Columbia’s sons were free,
      Resolved on death or liberty.        10
    Independent Columbians they would be,
      Resolved to perish or be free.
    When France her struggle first began
    For liberty—the rights of man—
Glowing with ardour—with ardour in a cause—        15
We scorn’d that a king should give her laws.
Independent—may Gallia still be free:
They fought at first for liberty.
But, France, you now forget your friend,
Our amity is at an end.        20

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