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This song was published in the Royal Gazette, at New York, with the accompanying remarks: " Observing in a late paper a song written for the British Light Infantry,1 introduced with a hint that they had not hitherto received their merited tribute from the muses, I take the liberty of making them the tender of a second musical offering, which, though never yet published, has been frequently sung and re-echoed, in loyal companies, for many months past in this city; nor will the offering, perhaps, be the less welcome, for be­ing presented in a plain, unornamented dress, and by the hand of a loyal American refugee." The song was adapted to the tune, " Black Sloven."
For battle prepared in their country's just cause, Their king to avenge and support all his laws; As fierce as a tiger, as swift as the roe, The British Light Infantry rush on their foe.

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