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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
National Jubilee
BEHOLD a nation’s Jubilee,
Ten millions bless’d with liberty,
      Now welcome La Fayette!
See Freedom’s empire in the west,
Arise and bow to meet her guest        5
      Where terror’s sun has set.
No monarch in your eastern skies
Can meet a nation’s joyful eyes,
      Like welcome La Fayette;
Age leaps for joy—rememb’ring wo,        10
Those checks where love and friendship glow,
      With grateful tears are wet.
Columbia’s sons,—rise—catch the fire,
That could so great a soul inspire,
      As welcome La Fayette;        15
Like him deserve a nation’s praise;
Defence of freedom best repays
      An everlasting debt.
Let Fame her loudest clarion ring,
Let Liberty thank-offerings bring        20
      To welcome La Fayette;
She calls on every free-born son
To bless the day when Washington
      With him for glory met.
America on earth alone        25
With freedom blest! her son will own.
      Her welcome La Fayette.
A voice from every hero’s grave
Is heard—“My sons be free and brave;
      Nor Freedom’s friend forget.”        30
The nation hears—resolves—obeys,
Partakes the patriotic blaze,
      Of welcome La Fayette;
The patriot’s fire our wall shall be,
Till grace in heaven makes virtue free,        35
      Where God’s rewards are great.

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