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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
For the Fourth of July
 
Tune—“Adams and Liberty”

COLUMBIANS, arise! let the cannon resound!
  Let that day be mark’d with joy’s noblest expression,
When Liberty’s sons did her standard surround,
  Determined their rights to secure from oppression:
            Their Freedom to shield,        5
            They remain’d on the field
Till their foes were compell’d to their valour to yield.
    Then let us, assembled, with one voice proclaim,
    We ne’er will dishonour our ancestors’ name.
 
Should our empire extend from the line to the pole,        10
  On the east and the west, know no bounds but the ocean,
May one bond of union encircle the whole;
  May we ne’er be distracted by civil commotion:
            While in one cause we join,
            Though all Europe combine,        15
Our glory will ever triumphantly shine.
    Then let us, assembled, &c.
 
Though Party the floodgates of anarchy ope,
  And with torrents of passion threaten wide desolation;
May our free constitution, the ark of our hope,
  An Ararat find in the sense of the nation:        20
            Let our enemies learn
            Their devices we spurn;
With a heart to maintain we’ve the mind to discern.
    Then let us, assembled, &c.
 
Down the swift stream of Time, as our fathers descend,
  To their sons they resign the glorious commission,        25
The rights of their country and laws to defend
  From foreign invasion, and factious division:
            While united we stand
            In defence of our land,
No foe but will dread to encounter our band.
    Then let us, assembled, &c.
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