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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Sonnet to General La Fayette
 
  ILLUSTRIOUS general of the Gallic band,
  And patriot hero of that favour’d land
Where dawning Liberty begins to spread;
  Extend thy banners and unfurl thy sails—
  May heaven bless thee with propitious gales,        5
And lasting laurels circle round thy head.
 
Convince the world that Freedom’s magic flame
  Can tumble tyrants from their stately thrones—
Cover the despot with disgrace and shame,
  And him exalt who now in slavery groans.        10
 
To raise to native dignity the man
  Who bows the knee to any earthly lord;
To model freedom on a glorious plan:
  Be this thy work—and glory thy reward.
 
 
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