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The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

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European National Songs — The Voice of Freedom in For­eign Countries — " Lilliburlero " — Scottish War-songs — Koerner's " Song of the Sword " — The Music of the Reign of Terror; " Ca Ira " and " La Carmagnole " — The "Marseillaise"—The English National Anthem and Its American Uses — " My Country, 'tis of Thee."
Although this chapter may seem to be a digression from the strict line of our sub­ject, since it speaks chiefly of foreign national music, the student of history will find a kin­ship among the songs of Freedom in every clime, and some of the tunes cited will be found to have exerted a direct influence upon American music. It has been well said — " Happy are those nations which have no history," for history is too often only the record of the strife, injustice, and oppression of mankind. Out of these evils beautiful music is born. Shelley's lines,
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