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92 The National Music of America.
The " Sword-song" may be called Germany's chief song of Liberty. We attempt a translation:
SONG OF THE SWORD.
Sword at my left side gleaming What means thy friendly beaming ? Gazest with pride on me, Say what can the meaning be ? Hurrah!
I am a freeman's treasure; That fills thy sword with pleasure; Where tyrants bar the way There we will join the fray. Hurrah!
Yes, Freedom we will cherish, Or both together perish. Sword gleaming at my side, Soon shalt thou be my bride. Hurrah!
When traitors would undo me Be true as steel unto me. " Oh ! bridegroom do not tarry; But say, when shall we marry ? " Hurrah!