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104                     AMERICAN " HEARTS OF OAK."
The Scotch politicians have laid a deep scheme,
By invading America to bring Charlie in;
And if the Scotch mist's not remov'd from the throne,
The crown's not worth wearing, the kingdom's undone.
The placemen, and commoners, have taken a bribe To betray their own country, and the empire beside; And though the colonies stand condemned by some, There are no rebels here, but are traitors at home.
The arbitrary minister, he acts as he please, He wounds our constitution, and breaks through our laws; His troops they are landed, his ships they are moor'd, But boys all stand together, they will fall by the sword.
The great Magna Charta is wounded severe ; By accounts from the doctors, 'tis almost past cure. Let's defend it with the sword, or die with the braves, For we had better die in freedom, than live and be slaves.
They tax us contrary to reason and right,
Expecting that we are not able to fight;
But to draw their troop home, I do. think would be best,
For Providence always defends the oppress'd.






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