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Bunker Hill (Nathaniel Niles, Andrew Law) Why should vain mortals tremble at the sight of Death and destruction, in the field of battle, Where blood and carnage clothe the ground in crimson, Sounding with death groans. Deathe will invade us by the means appointed And we must all bow to the King of Terrors Nor am I anxious, if I am prepared What shape he comes in. Infinite goodness teaches us submission Bids us be quiet under all His dealings Never repining but forever praising God, our Creator. Good is Jehovah in bestowing sunshine Nor less His goodness in the storm and thunder Mercies and judgments both proceed from kindness Infinite kindness. Then to the wisdom of my Lord and Master I will commit all that I have or wish for Sweetly as babes sleep will I give my life up When called to yield it. Let oceans waft on all your floating castles Fraught with destruction, horrible to nsture Then, with your sails filled by a storm of vengeance Bear down to battle! Fame and dear freedom lure me on to battle While a fell despot, grimmer than a death's head Stings me with serpents fiercer than Medusa's To the encounter. Life, for my country and the cause of freedom Is but a trifle for a worm to part with And if preserved in so great a contest Life is redoubled. Written in 1775 Another hawkish hymn. See Chester From Songbook of the American Revolution, Rabson RG apr97
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