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A HYMN.                                        243
certs, and some of them seem to he greatly pleased in warlike achievements, and though they carry no instruments of death or destruction, yet they are so extremely animating* that they can cause even cowards to fight, and pusillanimity to perform wonders." The music and words of another piece in the " Singing Master's Assistant," composed by Billings was entitled
RETROSPECT.
An Anthem from sundry seriptures.
" Was not the day, was not the day, "Was not the day dark, and gloomy. The enemy said, " let us draw a line, Even from York to Canada."
But praised be the Lord!
But praised be the Lord I The snare is broken, and ws are escaped!
But praised be the Lord!
But blessed be the Lord ! The snare is broken, and we are escaped !
Hark, hark, hear the adjuration, Cursed be the man that keepeth back his sword !
Oh! dismal! oh! horrible! oh! dismal.
My bowels ! my bowels!
I am pained at my very heart!
My heart maketh a noise within me, For thou hast heard, oh my soul! the alarm of war."
Billings died at Boston, September 26, 1800, aged fifty-four.
* By this is understood the fife and drum, and ether martial instruments of miii-ic. Note by the author of the hymn.






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