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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Free America
By Joseph Warren (1741–1775)
 
Tune—“British Grenadier”

THAT seat of science, Athens,
  And earth’s proud mistress, Rome;
Where now are all their glories?
  We scarce can find a tomb.
Then guard your rights, Americans,        5
  Nor stoop to lawless sway;
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose,
  For North America.
 
We led fair Freedom hither,
  And lo, the desert smiled!        10
A paradise of pleasure
  Was opened in the wild!
Your harvest, bold Americans,
  No power shall snatch away!
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza,        15
  For free America.
 
Torn from a world of tyrants,
  Beneath this western sky,
We formed a new dominion,
  A land of liberty:        20
The world shall own we’re masters here;
  Then hasten on the day:
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza,
  For free America.
 
Proud Albion bow’d to Cesar,        25
  And numerous lords before;
To Picts, to Danes, to Normans,
  And many masters more:
But we can boast, Americans,
  We’ve never fallen a prey;        30
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza,
  For free America.
 
God bless this maiden climate,
  And through its vast domain
May hosts of heroes cluster,        35
  Who scorn to wear a chain:
And blast the venal sycophant
  That dares our rights betray;
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza,
  For free America.        40
 
Lift up your hands, ye heroes,
  And swear, with proud disdain,
The wretch that would ensnare you,
  Shall lay his snares in vain:
Should Europe empty all her force,        45
  We’ll meet her in array,
And fight and shout, and shout and fight
  For North America.
 
Some future day shall crown us,
  The masters of the main,        50
Our fleet shall speak in thunder
  To England, France, and Spain;
And the nations over the ocean spread
  Shall tremble and obey
The sons, the sons, the sons, the sons        55
  Of brave America.
 
 
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