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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Great Britain
 
GREAT BRITAIN in her fury
  Does America engage;
Hell is her judge and jury,
  That sets her in a rage,
She fancies none can beat them;        5
  When they arrive on shore,
The Americans will meet them,
  As they have done before.
 
When America engages,
  We’ll hold by freedom’s rein,        10
She’ll fight to endless ages,
  Her freedom to maintain;
She shows with such a beauty
  An independent stand;
She scorns to pay her duty        15
  Unto a British land.
 
Let those who are connected
  Throughout our training band,
Be men who are respected
  Throughout Columbia’s land;        20
Let them in duty, glory,
  Teach soldiers to obey,
And not, like some old tory,
  Desert and run away.
 
We’ll volunteer out willingly,        25
  Our country’s rights to save;
The British now are killing
  Columbia’s sons so brave:
To hear of such reviling,
  We do it but disdain,        30
It sets our blood a boiling
  In every raging vein.
 
And when they do engage us,
  We’ll not regard their frowns;
We’ll fight it out courageous,        35
  Until death doth sweep us down;
And this is our desire,
  The balls at them to fling,
Like stones thrown at Goliath,
  From great King David’s sling.        40
 
We’ll form this resolution,
  Independent for to be,
With a free constitution,
  And rights of liberty;
If any foreign nation        45
  For duty on us call,
We’ll try the operation
  Of powder, smoke, and ball.
 
 
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