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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Common Cause
OUR country’s like a ship of war,
  A gallant vessel, too;
And he may well his fortune boast
  Who’s of Columbia’s crew:
    Each man flies to his station,        5
When patriot zeal commands,
      Takes his stand,
      Lends his hand,
As the common cause demands.
When cruising in the time of peace,        10
  We gayly sing and shout;
Endear’d by wives’ and sweethearts’ health,
  The grog goes swift about:
    But when we see the enemy,
Each heart assistance lends,        15
      On the deck,
      Though a wreck,
As the common cause demands.

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