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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Congress of 1776
By William Bingham Tappan (1794–1849)
 
ILLUSTRIOUS band! whose Heaven-attested deed
  Secured existence to a rising world:
Whose generous hearts were ever prompt to bleed,
  When godlike Liberty her scroll unfurl’d:
 
Look down, ye sainted, venerable men,        5
  And bless the country of your earliest love;
Inspire your offspring, and, O, bid again,
  The flame of virtue every impulse move.
 
Immortal patriots! round each awful name
  I see the halo of unnumber’d years,—        10
Annals unknown your mighty worth proclaim;
  And deathless time your memory endears.
 
 
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