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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Reparation or War
Written during the embargo

Tune—“Battle of the Nile”

    REJOICE, rejoice, brave patriots, rejoice!
  Our martial sons take a bold and manly stand!
    Rejoice, rejoice, exulting raise your voice,
  Let union pervade our happy land.
The altar of Liberty shall never be polluted,        5
But freedom expand and flourish, firm and deeply rooted.
          Our eagle, towering high,
          Triumphantly shall fly,
While men like JEFFERSON preside to serve their country!
    Huzza! huzza! boys, &c. &c.        10
With firmness we’ll resent our wrongs sustain’d at sea;
    Huzza! huzza! &c. &c.
For none but slaves will bend to tyranny.
    To arms, to arms, with ardour rush to arms,
  Our injured rights have long for vengeance cried.        15
    To arms, to arms, prepare for war’s alarms,
  If honest reparation be denied.
Though feeble counteracting plans, or foreign combinations,
May interdict awhile our trade, against the law of nations,
            The embargo on supplies        20
            Shall open Europe’s eyes;
Proclaiming unto all the world, “Columbia will be free.”
    Huzza! huzza! &c. &c.
With honour we’ll maintain a just neutrality.
    Huzza! huzza! &c. &c.        25
For none but slaves will bend to tyranny.
    Defend, defend, ye heroes and ye sages,
  The gift divine—your independency!
    Transmit with joy, down to future ages,
  How Washington achieved your liberty.        30
When freemen are insulted, they send forth vengeful thunder,
Determined to maintain their rights, strike the foe with wonder.
            They cheerfully will toil,
            To cultivate the soil,
And rather live on humble fare than feast ignobly.        35
    Huzza! huzza! &c. &c.
United, firm we stand, invincible and free,
    Huzza! huzza! &c. &c.
Then none but slaves shall bend to tyranny.

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