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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Tars of Columbia
YE sons of Columbia, the trumpet of Fame
Through the wide world your actions shall loudly proclaim:
See Liberty’s genius in triumph arise,
Recording your deeds as she mounts to the skies.
    Whilst at the hostile shore, where thundering cannons roar,        5
    The note of each brave tar, each brave tar shall be,
    No tribute! but glory, we’ll die or be free.
The brave sons of Freedom, who fell in the cause
Supporting our rights, independence, and laws;
As the actions of heroes, by history are graced,        10
First shall Somers, Decatur, and Wadsworth be placed.
      Whilst at the hostile shore, &c.
See Preble exalted! a monument stand!
Surrounded by heroes, who, under his command,
On Tripoli’s tyrant their vengeance have hurl’d,
And the deeds of Columbians resound through the world.
      Whilst at the hostile shore, &c.
May Washington’s genius our country defend,
And that charter maintain which Freedom has penn’d;
But should tyranny dare our rights to invade,
By our tars shall the daring attempt be repaid.
      Whilst at the hostile shore, &c.

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