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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Hail to the Heroes
HAIL to the heroes from ocean returning,
  Welcome their offering at Liberty’s shrine;
Proud, gallant warriors, with ardour still burning,
  For Columbia to conquer—’tis her they entwine.
Their own native vales for danger forsaking,        5
  Still for Columbia bright laurels to gain;
Guardians of freedom, to glory yet waking,
  Dauntless in deeds—ye are guarded by Fame!
      List to the pæan! now loudly it swells,
      Dear is the land where Liberty dwells!        10
Yet are the laurels of victory blooming,
  Columbia, thy arm is destined to save:
Bright in thy glory, thy star is illuming
  Shores where thy glory is borne on each wave!
Hail to the heroes thy rights still maintaining        15
  Against haughty Albion, so proud on the sea;
(Already the star of her glory is waning:)
  Columbia, they live, and they conquer for thee!
      List to the pæan! now loudly it swells,
      Dear is the land where Liberty dwells!        20

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