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122 The National Music of Anterica.
"ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY.
" Come all ye sons of Song, Pour the full sound along
In joyful strains. Beneath these western skies See a new Empire rise, Bursting with glad surprise
Tyrannic chains.
" Liberty with keen eye, Pierced the blue vaulted sky,
Resolved us free. From her imperial seat, Beheld the bleeding state, Approved this day's debate
And firm decree."
After other verses in this bombastic style,
the final stanza is reached in the following
burst :
" Now all ye sons of Song, Pour the full sound along,
Who shall control; For in this western clime, Freedom shall rise sublime, Till ever-changing time, Shall cease to roll."
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