Christy's Plantation Melodies

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54            Christy's plantation melodies.
The Joys of July Four.
Hark ! hark-ye ! along our Columbian shore, The joy-bells all ringing—'tis July four ; Glad hearts are cheering, amid the cannon's roar, To our glo-glorious Union, for ever-evermore.
Chorus. For 'twas won by the brave, Who, tho' now in the grave, Ever live in our hearts, in our joys, in our songs.
Joy beams on the earth now, joy beams in the air, Like spirits of heroes, descended to share At this feast to our birthright; more love to inspire For our glo-glorious Union, all true hearts desire.
Chorus. For 'twas won by the brave, &c.
The bright red of our colours is streaming to-day, As freely stream'd forth in the battle's affray The blood of our fathers, on hill-side and plain, For our glo-glorious Union, again and again.
Chorus. For 'twas won by the brave, &c.
All honour to our banner, by land and by sea, The hope o' the oppressed, the cheer o' the free— Sing, Our banner's fair stars, " lucky stars," ever they To our glo-glorious Union, from this natal day.
Chorus. For 'twas won by the brave, &c.
Sally Gates.
As all the darkeys they have sung about their girls of
late, I think that I will sing to you about my Sally Gates. Her eyes, they were so very bright; her cheeks, they
were so brown; She is the greatest yaller girl that lives in this here

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