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MILITARY SONG.                                  125
Like Satan banished from heaven,
Never see the smiling shore; From this land, so happy, driven,
Never stain its bosom more.
1  Sing a triumph. In February, 1776, Washington, who was at that time with the main army at Cambridge, proposed to a council of his officers, to cross upon the ice and attack the enemy, who held possession of Boston, but they unanimously disapproved of that, daring scheme. It was, however, soon resolved to take possession of the heights of Dorchester; and on the morning of the fifth of March, the Americans had so far completed their works at that place, as to excite the astonishment of the ministerial troops, who evacua­ted Boston on the seventeenth of the same month. As the rear of the British army embarked, General Washington marched into the city, where he was joyfully received, as the " deliverer of his coun-try."
2   Call on Hessian troops. The British government " has sent over to Germany to engage troops for American service, and succeeded in raising a legion of Jagers, people brought up to the use of the rifle-barrel guns, in boar hunting. They are amazingly expert, and the ministry plume themselves much in the thought of their being a complete match for the American riflemen. We think they'll find boars in this country that will teach them how to grunt and wallow."
Freeman's Journal, 1770.






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