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J. W. Hewlings, the author of this ballad " on the present critical times," was a native of Nansemond, Virginia, where he died, in the early part of the year 1793.
AMERICAN "HEARTS OF OAK."
Come rouse up my lads, and join this great cause, In defence of your liberty, your property, and laws! 'Tis to honor we call you, stand up for your right, And ne'er let our foes say, we are put to the flight.
For so just is our cause, and so valiant our men, We always are ready, steady boys, steady; We'll fight for our freedom again and agaiD.