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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Columbia on the Ocean
By Henry C. Lewis
 
YE freemen of Columbia! be mindful of your fame;
Let no rude foe, presumptuous, insult your rising name;
And on the roaring ocean, with glory and applause,
Protect your flag and commerce, your country and your laws;
          Ye freemen of Columbia, &c.
 
The heroes of Columbia, when warring on the main,        5
Are like our lofty mountains which storms assail in vain.
With lion-force impetuous they rush upon their foes,
Like Niagara’s torrent, which nothing can oppose.
          Then freemen of Columbia, &c.
 
Their foes upon the ocean are sought with equal force,
They stop the conquering Briton, so haughty in his course;        10
Ferocious as the tiger they deal the vengeful blow,
And sink the bold intruder beneath the billows low.
          Then freemen of Columbia, &c.
 
Such is their wondrous valour, when side by side the foe;
Who dares their flag dishonour, or aim a wrathful blow,
That like our native eagles embattling for their brood,        15
Before they yield the contest, they’ll shed each drop of blood!
          Then freemen of Columbia, &c.
 
When hot the battle rages, amid the strife of steel,
The fury of the bison, they imitate with zeal;
But when the conflict’s over, they dress the wounds they made,
And foes so bravely conquer’d receive their quickest aid.
          Then freemen of Columbia, &c.
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With wonder, every nation beholds our glory flame,
And every noble hero obtains a deathless name;
With more than common wonder they see the laurels torn
From Britain’s boasted navy, and placed upon our own!
          Then freemen of Columbia, &c.
 
Then long as splendid Erie shall roll its waves sublime,        25
Our flag shall be respected in every distant clime;
And numerous as our forests shall laurels grace our fair,
And verdant as our flowers, forever blossom there.
          Then long as splendid Erie shall roll, &c.
 
 
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