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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Franklin’s Tomb
 
Tune—“Return, enraptured hours”

THE FAIREST flowerets bring,
  In all their vernal bloom:
And let the sweets of spring
  Adorn great FRANKLIN’S tomb;
The patriot’s toil is done,        5
  At length his labours cease;
The unfading crown is won,
  His sun has set in peace.
 
The sons of science grieve,
  Each patriot heaves a sigh,        10
And scarcely can believe
  Such worth could ever die;
No—deathless is his fame;
  His honours will increase;
And FRANKLIN’S splendid name        15
  With time alone shall cease.
 
While nimble lightnings fly,
  Or awful thunders roll;
While meteors gild the sky,
  And dart from pole to pole;        20
Mankind shall still admire
  When FRANKLIN’S name they hear,
Who grasp’d celestial fire,
  And broke the oppressor’s spear.
 
Through every future age,        25
  While History holds her pen,
She’ll place this honour’d sage
  Amongst the first of men:
Columbia’s favour’d son
  Has earn’d immortal fame:        30
Then, with great WASHINGTON,
  Record our FRANKLIN’S name.
 
 
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