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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
A Soldier’s Advice
COMRADES! follow my advice;
  Learn with skill to draw a trigger;
Awkward men are weak as mice,
  Dexterous men beat two men bigger!
      Science in war conducts to fame:        5
      Minerva wins Bellona’s game.
Clumsy ramparts rose at first
  Foiling captains brave and witty:
Ramparts now explode in dust,
  Miners take the strongest city.        10
      Science in war conducts to fame,
      Minerva wins Bellona’s game.
An ignorant soldier plays the dolt,
  A veteran doubts his upper story,
In battle smiles to see him bolt:        15
  Tactics lead the brave to glory!
      Science in war conducts to fame;
      Minerva wins Bellona’s game.
Courage may be very fine,
  Steel is tough, though not a hatchet;        20
    Give it shape and edge to shine,
  Clumsy mallets never match it.
      Science in war conducts to fame:—
      Minerva wins Bellona’s game.
Martial science would you know?        25
  Mind your leader—hold your prattle;
Discipline must guide the blow
  That decides your country’s battle.
      Science in war conducts to fame;
      Minerva wins Bellona’s game.        30

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