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The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

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206 The National Music of America.
" Crown and Anchor," or the philanthropic Freemasons who warbled it in their lodge-rooms, had even a suspicion of any such emotions concealed in its measures.
Its melody is by no means an ideal one for chorus singing, but its great associations and its lofty words have for ever endeared it to the American heart, and, until some native composer has given us a more practicable tune, "The Star-spangled Banner" will justly remain the national air of our country, and every patriot's breast will throb respon­sive to its tones.
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