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1778.
Capt. Smyth, the author of this hold and loyal song, was an officer in Simcoe's Queen's Rangers. Many of his compositions were pub­lished during the war. The present one first appeared in the Penn­sylvania Ledger, as "a new song, to the old tune of Black .Joke/' and subsequently in a ballad sheet, under its present title.
THE REBELS.
Ye brave, honest subjects, who dare to be loyal, And have stood the brunt of every trial,
Of hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns : Come listen awhile, and I'll sing you a song; I'll show you, those Yankees are all in the wrong, Who, with blustering look and most awkward gait, 'Gainst their lawful sovereign dare for to prate,
With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns.






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