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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Liberty
By William Bingham Tappan (1794–1849)
 
I SAW the goddess grasp her wand,
  The symbol shone afar;
I saw her rear the severing brand,
  The panoply of war.
 
From ocean’s isle, her hoary seat,        5
  She smote the subject sea;
The billows tumbled at her feet;
  Her name was Victory.
 
I saw, beyond Atlanta’s wild,
  The heir of deathless fame,        10
Rude Persecution’s lovely child,
  And Valour was her name.
 
Bright trophies, towering, form’d her crest,
  Fresh laurels wreathed her hair;
’Twas Virtue fired her youthful breast;        15
  ’Twas Freedom flourish’d there.
 
Unarm’d, she dared the dreadful blow,
  She shook Oppression’s throne;
Proud Valour met the insulting foe,
  And Victory was her own!        20
 
 
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