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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Lawrence’s Victory
ALL hail, Columbia’s sons! once more,
  Their glory beams o’er ocean bright;
All welcome to their native shore,
  Triumphant from the bloody fight.
      Columbia’s sons shall ever be,        5
      The guardians of true liberty.
The gallant Lawrence stemm’d the sea,
  Nor fear’d to meet the haughty foe;
His flag, the flag of liberty,
  Flowed in the breeze and still shall flow.
      Columbia’s sons, &c.
A bird of Albion’s daring race,
  Fast moved along on airy wing,
The Hornet too, with naval grace,
  Prepared to dart it’s keenest sting.
      Columbia’s sons, &c.
The rage of battle warmer grew,        15
  Death reigned with haughty triumph there,
The thundering broadsides faster flew,
  Whistling along the floating air.
      Columbia’s sons, &c.
But lo! she strikes; the Peacock’s crest,
  Fast sinks to ocean’s coral bed;        20
Down, down she goes; there let her rest,
  And peace attend her sleeping dead.
      Columbia’s sons, &c.
High on the glowing scroll of fame,
  In dazzling tints, this deed shall shine;
And there, brave Lawrence, shall thy name        25
  Live in an everlasting shrine,
      Columbia’s sons, &c.

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