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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
To the Volunteer
GO, friend of my bosom, the trumpet’s shrill cry,
  Has summon’d the soldier to arms;
With patriot valour each bosom beats high,
  And Freedom her votaries warms.
Shall I, while my country is bleeding, recline        5
  On the bosom of indolent ease!
No, no! in her cause even thee I resign,
  Though naught but thy presence can please.
Go, dearer than life to thy Caroline’s heart,
  The din of the battle’s begun;        10
Go, share in each danger a valorous part,
  And fight till the victory is won.
The cherub of safety before thee shall fly,
  And shelter the brave with her wing;
And Mercy shall guard thee when danger is nigh,        15
  And thee to my bosom shall bring.
And think not, dear youth, for thy absence I’ll moan,
  Or weep when I bid thee adieu;
I’ll twine the bright chaplet to greet thy return,
  And live, dearest soldier, for you.        20
Thy country has call’d thee, the mandate obey,
  O! snatch not another adieu;
The tear I’ll suppress—gallant soldier, away!
  I’ll live for my country and you.

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