Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

90+ Songs With Notes & Illustrations - online book.

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
The following lines appeared in the early part of 1777, with this introduction. " As the superstition and weakness of human nature is such, that sometimes the most trivial circumstance ; or grossest ab­surdity is attended with serious consequences, we acquaint the timid and credulous, that characters inscribed on adamant are much more durable than when wrote only on an egg-shell. And also in­form the public, that about the time the prophetic egg was laid in the town of Plymouth, with this wTonderful prediction wrote on its shell, " Oh, oh, America, Howe shall be thy conqueror," a hermit, re­sembling the Genius of America, who had resided in a certain forest from the first settlement of the country, found the following lines inscribed on a fragment of marble near his cave, visited by the cu­rious from all parts of Europe, for the remarkable echo, which oft reverberated in loud peals, heard beyond the Atlantic."
Britannia sinks beneath her crimes, She dies — she dies — let empire rise, And freedom cheer the western skies.

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