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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Our Navy
Tune—“Hail Liberty”

ON wings of glory swift as light,
  The sound of battle came,
The gallant Hull in glorious fight
  Has won the wreath of fame.
    Let brave Columbia’s noble band        5
      With hearts united rise,
    Swear to protect their native land,
      Till sacred freedom dies.
Let brave Decatur’s dauntless breast
  With patriot ardour glow,        10
And, in the garb of victory dress’d,
  Triumphant blast the foe.
            Let brave Columbia’s, &c.
And Rogers with his gallant crew
  O’er the wide ocean ride,
To prove their loyal spirit true        15
  And crush old Albion’s pride.
            Let brave Columbia’s, &c.
Then hail another Guerriere there,
  With roaring broadsides, hail,
And while the thunder rends the air,
  See Britain’s sons turn pale.
            Let brave Columbia’s, &c.
“The day is ours, my boys, huzza!”
  The great commander cries,
While all, responsive, roar, “Huzza!”
  With pleasure-sparkling eyes.
            Let brave Columbia’s, &c.
Thus shall Columbia’s fame be spread,        25
  Her heaven-born eagle soar,
Her deeds of glory shall be read
  When tyrants are no more.
            Let brave Columbia’s, &c.

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