Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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The defeat of General Burgoyne caused great alarm and uneasi­ness in England. Parliament soon after that event sent commis­sioners to the Continental Congress, with proposals for a mutual adjustment of the existing difficulties, couched in the most concilia­tory and plausible terms, and calculated to occasion disaffection among the people of the colonies, who, in many instances were be­coming disheartened and tired of the war. Fearing such an event, Congress immediately published an address, wherein they fully ex­posed the snare prepared by the royal commissioners; and, at the same time, encouraged the patriots with the brightest prospect of success, in the final establishment of their liberty and independence. This address had the desired effect. The people resolved not to be deceived. The following ballad appeared before the royal commis­sioners returned to England, in a double-columned sheet, adapted to the tune, " A late worthy old Lion."
West of the old Atlantic, firm Liberty stands! Hov'ring Fame just alighted, supported by bands

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