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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The American Sword
FORGED from Oppression’s chain;
      Valiantly used,
Wielded when prayers were vain;
      Never abused:
Sword that our fathers drew!        5
      We, by their dust,
Swear to prove good and true
      Heirs of the trust.
Should e’er domestic strife
      Call for thy steel,        10
Be thou the pruningknife,
      Wounding to heal!
Should Freedom’s foes accurst
      E’er seek our shore,
Forth like God’s lightning burst        15
      E’er as of yore!
Blood rusts thy blade upon;
      Why was it shed?
Answer from Lexington,
      Glorious dead!        20
Cry from your lowly rest
      ’Neath the green sod,
“Sons! for our rights, the blest
      Charter of God!”
From our sires’ hallow’d earth        25
      Breathes a deep tone:
“Not for the South or North
      Fought we alone:
All in one holy band
      Sought we to bind—        30
O! let not factious hand
      Loose what we’ve join’d!”

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