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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Song of the Revolution
By Edward M. Paxton
 
COME, freemen, rally,
  Your banners fling out,
Till the mountain’s top
  Gives back your shout.
The trumpet is sounding        5
  O’er valley and glen;
The sword is unsheath’d
  For the murder of men!
      Death to the tory,
        Torture and shame!        10
      Death to the tory,
        Fagot and flame!
 
King George has declared
  That we shall not be free,
His vengeance is roused        15
  For the waste of his tea!
His troops throng our cities,
  His vessels our ports,
And waves his proud flag
  From the tops of our forts!
      Death to the tory, &c.
        20
 
All blithe is King George
  As he sitteth on high,
And the words which he utters
  Are, “Worship or die!”
And gayly he sits        25
  Mid the banqueting throng,
And listens with joy
  To the reveller’s song.
      Death to the tory, &c.
 
But his fate is now seal’d,
  And his power is shaken,        30
And the people at last
  From their slumber awaken;
For their blood has been shed
  On the green grass sod,
And no power now rules them        35
  Save that of their God!
      Death to the tory,
        Torture and shame!
      Death to the tory,
        Fagot and flame!        40
 
 
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