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On our hearts and our arms and our God we rely, And a nation shall rise, or a people shall die.
Form! form the serried line!
Advance ! advance our proud ensign: To your country devote every life that she gave, Let the land they invade give their army its grave.
Though their plunder-paid hordes come to ravage our land, Give our fields to the spoiler, our homes to the brand,
Our souls are all aglow,
To face the hireling foe. Give the robbers to know that we never will yield, While the arm of one Southron a weapon can wield.
From our far Southern shore now arises a prayer, While the cry of our women fills with anguish the air.
O! list that plead ing voice,
Each youth now make his choice; Now tamely submit like a coward or slave, Or rise and resist like the free and the brave.
Kentucky! Kentucky! can you suffer the sight Of your sisters insulted, your friends in the fight?
Awake ! be free again !
O ! break the tj'rant's chain: Let each hand seize the sword it drew for the right, From the homes of your fathers drive the dastard in flight.
Knoxville, Tenn., July 4, 1862.