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152                              BATTLE OF TRENTON.
The frolic o'er, the bright canteen, In centre, front, and rear was seen Driving fatigue away.
Now, brothers of the patriot bands, Let's sing deliverance from the hands
Of arbitrary sway. And as our life is but a span, Let's touch the tankard while we can,
In memory of that day.
1  Battle of Trenton. Curiosities of American Literature, by Rufus W. Griswold.
2  Some scampered there. u It is said some Hessian officers and other mercenaries, were greatly disturbed one morning, at Trenton, when they waked up and found rebels knocking in their doors."
3   With all their colors. " On the Hessian standards taken at Trenton, were the words : ' Nescvt PericuJUtf—a fearlessness of dan­ger,—which was not displayed in the battle where the standards were surrendered, and which hath drawn on the timid Hessian, and his vaunting motto, the following epigram :
" The man who submits without striking a blow. May be said, in a sense, no danger to know : I pray then, what harm, by the humble submission, At Trenton was done by the standard of Hessian ?''
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