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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Happy Columbia
Tune—“Rule Britannia”

WHEN Britain sent, with stern command,
  Her slaves across the western main,
To subjugate this happy land,
  And force submission to her reign,
Then Columbia saw the slaves,        5
And fought them on the land and waves.
Seven long years were past and gone
  Ere war’s destructive, raging flame
Was quench’d by Heaven’s adopted son,
  Great Washington, of endless fame:        10
He led our freemen to the field,
And forced those slaves to die or yield.
At length a charter we obtain’d,
  To guard our birthright, liberty:
By us it never shall be stain’d;        15
  Columbia ever shall be free.
View, Columbia! view the waves,
And think on Britain’s conquer’d slaves.
Columbia! happy, happy land!
  From war’s ambition thou art free;        20
And bless’d, by Heaven’s all-bounteous hand,
  With plenty, peace, and liberty.
While old ocean rolls its waves,
Thy sons shall ne’er submit to slaves.

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