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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Freedom’s Call
By Colonel David Humphreys (1752–1818)
Tune—“The Restoration March”

THOUGH love’s soft transports may
  A while allure the soul,
When Freedom calls to war,
  Those powers she will control;
When British bands in hostile arms,        5
  Indignantly we view,
What patriot’s breast but throbs, to bid
  His love, and ease, adieu;
    In Freedom’s all-inspiring cause,
      To fly alert to arms,        10
    And change his downy bed
      For Mars’s dread alarms.
Then let not love’s sweet bane
  Your gallant souls enthral,
But in your country’s cause,        15
  Resolve to stand or fall;
And when by our united force
  We’ve drove the tyrants home,
With laurels, such as graced the brows
  Of sons of ancient Rome,        20
    We’ll each return to his kind lass,
      Whose beauty soon shall prove
    That for the toils of war
      The best reward is love.

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