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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Song: ‘See they come—the heroes come!’
By William Dunlap (1766–1839)
 
    SEE they come—the heroes come!
    Hark! the hollow sounding drum!
        Gives distant notes of coming war,
        And bids the invaders keep afar,
        Or for the battle’s brunt prepare,        5
    See the stately horse come prancing,
    There the musketeers advancing,
While the cannoneers prepare their thundering war.
          See the standards float
          Hark! the trumpets note,        10
    While every breath with conscious might,
    Swells ardent for the coming fight.
 
    Seize the trump, the trump of fame!
    Sound aloud each leader’s name!
      Putnam see with honour gray,        15
      Points and leads the glorious way,
      Rememb’ring many a well fought day!
                    See the stately, &c.
 
    Behold, Montgomery, in the north,
    Rush like the tempest furious forth!
      His virtue, truth, and courage vain,        20
      Like Wolfe, he sinks on Quebec’s plain,
      A glorious death his only gain;
                    See the stately, &c.
 
    On gallant Gates, see victory smiles
    And leads an army to his toils.
      Montgomery, Warren, Mercer, rise!        25
      And ere they reach their native skies,
      Their country’s triumph meets their eyes.
                    See the stately, &c.
 
    But now to crown the glorious whole,
    See Washington! the battle’s soul!
      His worth binds envy in her cave,        30
      In council sage, in battle brave!
      Great Washington, a world can save!
                    See the stately, &c.
 
    See where amid the rustic bands
    On Bunker’s heights great Warren stands
      And strews with foes the plain beneath:        35
      Then sinking on the field of death,
      Obtains of fame the immortal wreath.
                    See the stately, &c.
 
 
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