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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Welcome La Fayette
By Samuel Woodworth (1784–1842)
 
HARK! the martial drum hails the approach of the brave!
The hero who comes o’er the proud swelling wave,
To the land he defended—the land of the free,
Which greets his return with a grand jubilee,
While her sons to acknowledge sweet gratitude’s debt,        5
Now wake the loud bugle, to hail La Fayette.
 
All hail, gallant soldier! thy fame shall extend,
As Liberty’s champion, and Washington’s friend,
Till all, in the light of its glory, shall see
A world disenthrall’d, independent and free:        10
While millions, inspired by sweet gratitude’s debt,
Shall awake the loud bugle to hail La Fayette.
 
 
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