General Sullivan's Song

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   This song, written to honor General Sullivan, was published in the New Hampshire Gazette in 1777.

   The verses were set to the tune of Eugeane's March.

Hark, the loud drums, hark, the shrill trumpet-call to arms.
Come, Americans, come, prepare for war's alarms,
Whilst in array we stand.
What soldier dare to land.
Sure in the attempt to meet his doom, A leaden death, or a watery tomb;
We, Americans, so brave, o'er the land or the waves,
All invaders defy, we'll repulse them or die,
We scorn to live as slaves.
Recall the days, wherein our fathers bravely fought,
And crown'd with praise, they patriot glory sought,
Bid their high deeds inspire,
Bid Magna Charta fire,
Greatly they labor'd for our good, All sorts of tyranny withstood,
All these we despise, on our courage rely,
For what American so base would his country disgrace
And from his colors fly.
No party spite, no more our measures will oppose,
For all unite against our insulting foes.
All then in chorus sing,
And let your voices ring,
Fill unto Sullivan the flowing bowl. Hand it to each gallant soul,
Raise patriot flame, his glory proclaim
Who his sword boldly draws in his country's cause
And wins an endless name.


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