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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.
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.