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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Farewell, Peace—1812
Air—“Banish sorrow, grief’s a folly”

FAREWELL, Peace! another crisis
  Calls us to “the last appeal,”
Made when monarchs and their vices
  Leave no argument but steel.
When injustice and oppression        5
  Dare avow the tyrant’s plea,
Who would recommend submission?
  Virtue bids us to be free.
History spreads her page before us,
  Time unrolls his ample scroll;        10
Truth unfolds them, to assure us,
  States, united, ne’er can fall.
See, in annals Greek and Roman,
  What immortal deeds we find;
When those gallant sons of woman        15
  In their country’s cause combined.
Sons of Freedom! brave descendants
  From a race of heroes tried,
To preserve our independence
  Let all Europe be defied.        20
Let not all the world, united,
  Rob us of one sacred right:
Every patriot heart’s delighted
  In his country’s cause to fight.
Come then, War! with hearts elated        25
  To thy standard we will fly;
Every bosom animated
  Either to live free or die.
May the wretch that shrinks from duty,
  Or deserts the glorious strife,        30
Never know the smile of beauty,
  Nor the blessing of a wife.

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