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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Patriot’s Adieu
ADIEU! adieu! my only life,
  My country calls me from thee;
Remember thou’rt a patriot’s wife—
  Those tears but ill become thee;
What though by duty I am call’d,        5
  Where tyrants’ cannons rattle,
Where valour’s self might stand appall’d,
    Still, on the wings of thy dear love,
      To heaven above
    Thy tender orisons are flown:        10
      The fervent prayer
      Thou puttest up there,
    Shall call a guardian angel down,
  To watch me in the battle!
My safety thy fair truth shall be,        15
  As sword and buckler serving;
My life shall be more dear to me,
  Because of thy preserving;
Let perils come, let honors threat,
  Let tyrants’ cannons rattle,        20
I’ll dauntless brave the conflict’s heat,
    Assured that on the wings of love, &c.
Enough—with that benignant smile
  Some kindred god inspired thee;
Who saw thy bosom void of guile,
  Who wonder’d and admired thee!        25
I go in Freedom’s righteous cause,
  Where despots’ cannons rattle;
For equal rights, and equal laws!
    Assured that on the wings of love, &c.
O, Liberty! sweet maid, descend!
  A patriot seeks thy glory;        30
Do thou the rights of man defend
  ’Gainst party—whig or tory;
In thy just cause the hero fights,
  Though tyrants league in battle,
For equal laws and equal rights;        35
    And should fair Freedom bless this land,
    We’ll firmly stand:
  No tyranny shall then be known!
    But gentle Peace
    Our joys increase:        40
  The goddess shall herself come down,
    And stop the cannons’ rattle!

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