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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Incentives to Valour
SONS of valour! fathers hoary!
  Ye who boast Columbia’s name,
Rise to deeds of war and glory,
  Rise, avenge our injured fame!
Happy land! by Heaven protected        5
  Sweet asylum of the oppress’d;
Here Liberty her throne erected,
  Here Science, Virtue, Freedom rest.
But see! the fiends of hostile nations
  Raise the bloody flag on high;        10
Haste—repel their bold invasions,
  And their menaces defy.
See the angel, Mercy, bending
  O’er your wives and children dear,
In a cloud of love descending,        15
  Smiling, wipes the falling tear.
Hear unborn millions shout your praises
  While Echo catches at the sound,
And Fame her silver clarion raises,
  Till distant kingdoms loud resound.        20
Daughters of immortal story,
  Ye who boast Columbia’s name,
O! inspire the love of glory,
  And record your hero’s fame!

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