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no The National Music of America.
adapted the words of a patriotic hymn he was then writing to it."
We are disposed to doubt all of the above; there is a tremendous amount of hazy statement and false history encrusted around many national hymns (as will be seen from the ensuing chapters), and every great melody finds a number of false claimants to its creation.
Thus much has been proved, the production was intended for the army corps of the lower Rhine, and was first called " Chant du Guerriers du Bas Rhin." But the warriors aforesaid were not greatly moved by the new effusion, and for a time it lay quiescent. These were the days when the patriots of the Assembly were becoming very impatient; the king, most woful shadow of a monarch, had endeavoured to run away and had been brought back again ; the queen was entirely distrusted; the Gordian knot needed to be cut. It was then that Barbaroux, deputy