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This song was printed by Benjamin Dearborn in 1776. As the name implies, this song was intended to excite the Patriots to action against the Parliament-controlled government of the American colonies.
Hark, hark, the sound of war is heard, And we must all attend;
Take up our arms and go with speed, Our country to defend.
Our parent state has turned our foe, Which fills our land with pain;
Her gallant ships, manned out for war, Come thundering o’er the main.
There’s Carleton, Howe, and Clinton too. And many thousands more,
May cross the sea, but all in vain, Our rights we’ll ne’er give o’er.
Our pleasant homes they do invade, Our property devour;
And all because we won’t submit To their despotic power.
Then let us go against our foe, We’d better die than yield;
We and our sons are all undone, If Britain wins the field.
Tories may dream of future joys, But I am bold to say,
They'll find themselves bound fast in chains. If Britain wins the day.
Husbands must leave their loving wives, And sprightly youths attend
Leave their sweethearts and risk their lives, Their country to defend.
May they be heroes in the field, Have heroes' fame in store; We pray the Lord to be their shield, Where thundering cannons roar.
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