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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Patriotic Song: ‘When Freedom midst the battle-storm’
By Robert Stevenson Coffin (1797–1827)
 
WHEN Freedom midst the battle-storm
  Her weary head reclined;
When round her fair majestic form,
  Oppression fain had twined;
Amidst the din, beneath the cloud        5
  Great Washington appear’d:
His daring hand roll’d back the shroud,
  And thus the sufferer cheer’d:
 
Spurn, spurn despair!—Be great, be free!
  With giant strength arise;        10
Stretch, stretch thy pinions, Liberty,
  Thy flag plant in the skies!
Clothe, clothe thyself in glory’s robe,
  Let stars thy banners gem;
Rule, rule the sea—possess the globe—        15
  Wear victory’s diadem;
 
Go, tell the world a world is born,
  Another orb gives light;
Another sun illumes the morn,
  Another star the night;        20
Be just, be brave!—and let thy name
  Henceforth Columbia be;
Wear, wear the oaken wreath of fame,
  The wreath of Liberty!
 
He said—and, lo! the stars of night        25
  Forth to her banner flew;
And morn, the pencil dipp’d in light,
  Her blushes on it drew.
Columbia’s chieftain seized the prize,
  (All gloriously unfurl’d,)        30
Flew with it to the native skies,
  And waved it o’er the world!
 
 
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