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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Land of Love and Liberty
Tune—“Rule Britannia”

HAIL, great republic of the world!
The rising empire of the west;
When famed Columbus’ mighty mind impress’d,
Gave Europe’s sons a place of rest.
  Be thou forever, forever blest and free,        5
  The land of love and liberty.
Beneath thy spreading, mantling vines,
Beside thy flowery groves and springs;
And on thy lofty, thy lofty mountains’ brow,
May all thy sons and fair ones sing,
  Be thou forever, &c.
From thee may future nations learn
To prize the cause thy sons began;
From thee may future, may future tyrants know,
That sacred are the rights of man.
  Be thou forever, &c.
Of thee may sleeping infancy,        15
The pleasing, wondrous story tell;
And patriot sages, in venerable mood,
Instruct the world to govern well.
  Be thou forever, &c.
May guardian angels watch around,
From harm protect these new-born states,        20
And all ye friendly, ye friendly nations, join,
And thus salute the child of fate:
  Be thou forever, &c.

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