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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
A War Song—1797
By William Cliffton (1772–1799)
SOUL of Columbia! quenchless spirit, come!
  Unroll thy standard to the sullen sky!
Bind on thy war-robes, beat thy furious drum:
  Rouse, rouse thy lion heart, and fire thy eagle eye.
Dost thou not hear the hum of gathering war?        5
          Dost thou not know
          The insidious foe
Yokes her gaunt wolves and mounts her midnight car?
Dost thou not hear thy tortured seamen’s cries?
  Poor, helpless souls, in dreary dungeons laid;        10
Towards thee they turn their dim, imploring eyes;
  Alas! they sink—and no kind hand to aid.
      Thou dost, and every son of thine
        Shall rest in guilty peace no more;
      With noble rage, they pant to join        15
        The conflict’s heat, the battle’s roar.
Loose to the tempest let the banner fly;
Rouse, rouse thy lion’s heart, and fire thy eagle eye.

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