William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
Responsive Chorus: We stood in the battle when Tyranny came
By Alonzo Lewis (17941861)
The following stanzas were recited, July 4, 1827, by twenty-four girls, tastefully dressed, belonging to the Second District School. The first section of thirteen bore a white silk banner, with the words Original States; the other section of eleven bore a banner with the inscription New States.
WE stood in the battle when Tyranny came
To mantle our dwellings in slaughter and flame,
And who shall reproach us with ill?
We have sprung from the soil and the blood of the free,
That was pourd when you planted fair Libertys tree,