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A Song

Song performed by: Jason Schreiber (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

Composed by Jonathan Binns, for the Young Men's Convention, held at Brownsville on the 4th of April, 1840 --- and sung by J. P. Jack,
Workman and McKibbin.

TUNE --- "Hail Columbia."

Immortal patriot bright in arms,
Whose breast the fire of freedom warms,
Defender of our hearths and homes,
Defender of our hearths and homes,
The scalping knife fell from the hand,
That raised it o'er our boasted land.
The savage yell'd and conquered fled,
Brittan lowered her plumed head;
Proctor yielded to thy skill ---
Victor then, victorious still.
Firmly to our standard flock,
Freemen stand like solid rock,
Tides of slander cannot shake,
Traitor's hearts along shall quake.

Then rise above the servile dust,
To deeds of glory pure and just;
Our hero's fame still fadeless blooms,
Our hero's fame still fadeless blooms,
Let slander hide her dastard head,
The ground is safe on which we tread;
So rally to the standard on,
Sons of sires like Washington;
Let the battle well be fought,
Glory's best when dearest bought.
Firmly to our standard flock,
Freemen stand like solid rock,
Tides of slander cannot shake,
Traitor's hearts along shall quake.

Lo, now a grateful people rise,
With cheers exulting rend the skies,
Brave Harrison in loud huzzas,
Brave Harrison in loud huzzas,
From east to west the echo rings,
And freedom flaps her airy wings,
Rejoiced to see her reign prolonged,
By millions round the hero throng'd
Hoist the banners high in air,
Grateful hearts are every where.
Firmly to our standard flock,
Freemen stand like solid rock,
Tides of slander cannot shake,
Traitor's hearts along shall quake.