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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Stanzas Written at Fort Erie
ON Erie’s dark bosom the sun
  Serenely was sinking to rest;
I thought not of fields to be won,
  For peaceful and still was my breast.
I thought of the friends of my youth,        5
  And the days of my early delight;
Sweet hours of friendship and truth,
  How soon were ye buried in night!
“Ah! blest,” I exclaim’d, “be this hour,
  To soft contemplation so dear;        10
When fancy, exerting her power,
  Can call or can banish a tear!”—
But short was the dream of my bliss,
  The alarm-drum invades the still night,
And the tender emotions of peace        15
  Are drown’d in the uproar of fight!

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