Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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Greatly unbending o'er the social bowl. Indulged the transports of a genial soul. So we, nor second to those sons of Fame, In love of freedom, tho' of humbler name; Or dauntless courage, bravely to oppose Domestic tyranny, or foreign foes; We, who far foremost here, a virtuous few, Dare to our country and ourselves be true; Who dare, in spite of ev'ry venal frown, Assert our rights, and lawless power disown; Spite of each parasite, each cringing slave, Each cautious dastard, each oppressive knave; Each gibing Ass, that reptile of an hour, The supercilious pimp of abject slaves in power1, Spite of those empty boasters, who conceal Their coward fear with circumspection's veil, Are met, to celebrate in festive mirth The day that gives our second freedom birth; That tells us, Britain's Grenvilles never more Shall dare usurp unjust, illegal power, Or threat Americans free sons with chains, While the least spark of ancient fire remains; While records bid the virtuous sons admire The godlike acts of each intrepid sire.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III