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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
On Gen. Washington’s Accepting the Command of the Army in 1798
By Brasseya Allen (1762–1831)
HARK! methinks I hear a cry,
Does the foe our arms defy?
We, their threats, unmoved shall hear;
Thy sons, Columbia, cannot fear.
Let no anxious mother mourn,        5
Doubtful of her son’s return;
Fortune, all around the brave,
Shall a helm impervious weave.
See Columbia’s hero rise,
Washington, the good and wise:        10
“Arm!—to arms!”—our country calls;
Sounds through Vernon’s ample halls.
Great in war, and great in peace,
Thy laurel’d honours shall increase;
With superior just renown,        15
Through long ages handed down.
Peace her olive branch shall bring,
And the muses round thee sing;
While a grateful nation’s love
All thy labours shall approve.        20

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