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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Soldier
A SOLDIER is the noblest name
Enroll’d upon the list of fame,
  His country’s pride and boast;
Honour, the glorious bright reward,
For which the hero draws his sword,        5
  Should ne’er be stain’d or lost.
To guard our rights and liberty,
  Our duty and our care,
The brave and worthy to respect,
And to the verge of life protect        10
  The innocent and fair.
The eagle towering from her nest,
Her influence spread from east to west,
  Where Freedom soon appear’d;
’Twas there she found her favourite son,        15
Through all the world his name is known,
  Great Washington revered.
And smiling thus, the goddess spoke,
  “Columbia’s sons draw near;
A soldier’s duty ne’er forget,        20
Behold, a bright example set,
  The school of honour’s here.”

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