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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Popular Songs and Ballads of the Civil War: Northern I
The Battle Cry of Freedom
By George Frederick Root (1820–1895)
 
YES, we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
We will rally from the hill-side, we’ll gather from the plain,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
 
        The Union forever, Hurrah! boys, Hurrah!        5
        Down with the traitor, up with the star;
        While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
        Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
 
We are springing to the call of our Brothers gone before,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,        10
And we’ll fill the vacant ranks with a million freemen more,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
 
We will welcome to our numbers the loyal true and brave,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
And although they may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,        15
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
 
So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best,
    Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.        20
 
        The Union forever, Hurrah! boys, Hurrah!
        Down with the traitor, up with the star;
        While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
        Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
 
 
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