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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Washington to His Troops
By Edward Conway Jones (1820–1865)
HARK! the signal gun, its thunder
  Floating on the tranquil air;
Soldiers, rise! nor fear, nor wonder,
  That the enemy are near.
On the might of God relying,        5
  To the foe we’ll never yield;
All their legions still defying,
  We can face them on the field.
Think of home, and all its treasures,
  Wives and children, parents dear;        10
Think of all their plunder’d treasures—
  Can ye then stand idly here?
They have ground us by oppression—
  We awake to feel it now;
Never be it our confession,        15
  That to England’s king we bow.
Can a monarch’s soft persuasion
  Close the breach, or heal the smart?
Not while in a freeman’s bosom
  Throbs there still a freeman’s heart.        20
Can the threat of venom’d fury,
  Back’d by regal power, amaze?
Yes, ’twill do for servile minions;
  Freemen have an arm to raise.
Perish every bland entreaty—        25
  Tyrants, they assuage in vain;
Here we bid you wreak your vengeance,
  Never shall it forge the chain.
Onward! ’neath that banner rally,
  Britons let your courage see;        30
Onward! to the glorious sally,
  Strike the blow for liberty!

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