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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Soldier Lad
By Charles L. S. Jones
Tune—“The Flaxen-headed Ploughboy”

WHEN the clarion war-blast blowing,
  Broke loud o’er Freedom’s plain;
And old England’s red flag, flowing,
  Swept proudly o’er the main;
I heard Columbia’s war-note        5
  Inspiring, loud and high,
On answering echoes borne, float
  Through Freedom’s natal sky:
And, while my heart beat proud in joy,
  Though Love behind sigh’d sad,        10
My father’s sword I girded on,
  A young and soldier lad.
By the battle’s rage surrounded,
  (Where fell Destruction smiled
O’er the dying and the wounded,        15
  Of life and hope despoil’d;)
Nor fear nor doubt betray’d me
  Where veteran legions bled,
Nor coward lingering stay’d me,
  Nor droop’d my towering head:        20
And though I wept war’s ruthless pangs,
  In pensive silence sad,
Yet for Liberty my broadsword flash’d—
  A young and soldier lad.
And now war’s shock is over,        25
  And peace resumes her reign;
Still a young and ardent lover,
  I seek my fair again.
If she, as when we parted,
  With kindly feeling glow,        30
She shall find me still true-hearted
  To friend as well as foe;
Nor longer shall her bosom throb,
  In anxious sorrow sad,
But clasp me to her arms in joy,        35
  Her own young soldier lad.

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