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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Independence
 
Tune—“Rural Felicity”

WHAT heart but throbs high with sincerest devotion,
  What tongue but gives utterance to accents of joy,
What bosom but swells with the proudest emotion,
  At this happy era, the Fourth of July!
            Then haste at our call        5
            To Liberty Hall,
With brows free from wrinkles and minds void of care,
    Come, taste what mirth and festivity
    Citizen-soldiers together can share.
 
The birth of an idiot, or knave’s elevation,        10
  Let villains and fools hail with senseless acclaim,
The day which we greet gave the globe a new nation,
  And raised a whole empire to freedom and fame.
            Jackals and jackasses
            May empty their glasses,        15
To honour their image on some tottering throne;
            But freemen will toast
            INDEPENDENCE—their boast,
And own for their king their Creator alone.
 
 
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