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First Line: The blushing east displays the dawn
Last Line: Shout! Shout columbia's &c.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Bennington, Battle Of (1777); Fourth Of July; Truxtun, Thomas (1755-1822); Windsor, Vermont; Independence Day; Truxton, Thomas


I

THE blushing east displays the dawn,
And ushers in the glorious morn;
Then hail Columbia's natal day!
All hail Columbia's natal day!
O! consecrate the Day to mirth,
The Day which gave our nation birth;
Through all Columbia's blest domain,
From Georgia's shore to distant Maine,
Let one vast shout of joy arise,
While thus we rend the echoing skies.
Shout, shout Columbia's praise,
Wide through the world her glory raise,
Our Independence bravely gain'd,
Shall full as bravely be maintained.

II

When haughty Britons strove in vain
To bind our land with slavery's chain,
Our fathers drew their warlike swords.
Our fathers drew their warlike swords.
Immortal fields of Bennington,
Attest the laurels which they won.
Now faithless France, with impious hand,
Strikes at the glory of our land --
To arms! to arms! each hardy son,
And earn the fame your sires have won.
Shout, shout Columbia's praise,
Wide through the world her glory raise,
Our Independence bravely gain'd,
Shall full as bravely be maintained.

III

The Mohawk fierce, their fell ally,
With French of deadlier cruelty,
Erst drench'd our fathers' fields with blood;
Erst drench'd our fathers' fields with blood;
Again the bloody French prepare
To whelm our land with savage war;
Again they lift their Atheist rod,
To blast the altars of our God:
Our babes to slay, our matrons rape,
And drag our sires to dreadful fate.
To arms! to arms! ye Fed'ral band,
Repel the monsters from our land,
Our Independence bravely gain'd.
Shall full as bravely be maintain'd.

IV

When heaven with august command,
Gave independence to our land,
She gave us heros to defend;
She gave us heros to defend;
Heros who made their country free,
Who fought and bled for liberty;
Nor have these patriots di'd in vain,
On Bunker's heights or Ab'ram's plain.
Hark! hark! the sainted heroes cry,
"Prepare, like us, to bleed and die."
Shout! shout Columbia's praise,
Wide through the world her glory raise,
Our Independence bravely gain'd.
Shall full as bravely be maintain'd.

V

Columbia's standard waves in air,
Her active youth to arms repair,
Sworn to avenge their country's wrongs;
Sworn to avenge their country's wrongs;
See her conq'ring Navy rides
Triumphant on old Ocean's tides;
See gallant Truxtun bold advance,
And strike the tri-strip'd pride of France!
While Commerce sounds her loud applause,
To see her sons maintain her cause.
Shout! shout our Armies' praise,
On high our conq'ring Navy raise,
Our Independence bravely gain'd.
Shall full as bravely be maintain'd.

VI

Prepare, prepare -- your arms prepare!
Blow, loudly blow, the trump of war,
Resolv'd on Victory or Death;
Resolv'd on Victory or Death;
Great Adams guides our Council Board,
Brave Washington unsheaths his sword;
Patriot chiefs! who nobly brave,
All our country's glory gave;
See victory sublimely sheds,
Again fresh laurels on their heads.
Then shout Columbia's Chieftain's praise,
On high great Adams' glory raise,
And swear, what Washington has gain'd,
By us shall bravely be maintain'd;
Shout! shout Columbia's &c.





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