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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Naval Song: ‘Columbia, how bright is the fresh-blooming wreath’
Tune—“Remember the glories of Brian the brave”

COLUMBIA, how bright is the fresh-blooming wreath
  Which thy heroes, who fight for thy good,
While living entwine, and when dying bequeath,
  From their death-bed, embalm’d with their blood.
And, O! while we live in the brightness it spreads,        5
  And lights us on Liberty’s way,
Let us never forget ’tis their glory that sheds
  Its fair tints o’er Columbia’s day.
O Washington, brightest and best of thy race,
  By thy beacon-light still let us steer:        10
In thy wisdom, and virtue, and valour we trace
  Whate’er to thy country is dear.
And still, in the day of distress, let us turn
  To thee as our guide and our star,
Thy glories, reflected from heaven, will burn        15
  Bright again round Columbia’s car.
Forget not, Columbia, thy seamen so true,
  Whose achievements now blazon thy name;
Forget not their lives are devoted to you,
  ’Tis thy glory that lives in their fame.        20
The laurels they’ve won, by their blood on the main,
  Columbia, O never forget:
They’re the hero’s life gem, and will light him again
  To still brighter victories yet.
Can that nation e’er rise to the proud heights of fame,        25
  Who respects not the deeds of her brave?
From Oblivion’s tomb can she e’er save her name,
  Who protects not her patriot’s grave?
O never, Columbia! then ne’er let this stain,
  The stream of thy glory pollute;        30
Let thy heroes’ bright wreaths ever honour’d remain,
  Entwined with thy liberty’s root.

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