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The homes and hearts behind us.
Music by Jesse Williams, Esq.
DEDICATED TO THE SCOTTISH VOLUNTEERS


Who would not fight for such a land?—
   The land our fathers bled on
For liberty, with men as bold
   As ever Wallace led on.
Though dear enough our mountain land,
   In serried ranks to bind us
Against all foes;—yet dearer still
   The homes and hearts behind us.

      Though dear enough our mountain land,
         In serried ranks to bind us
      Against all foes;—yet dearer still
         The homes and hearts behind us.

Say not that men of other climes
   Have stronger arms, or braver,
Or that the land that Freemen own
   Hired hordes can e’er enslave her.
Should e’er they touch our dear lov’d shores,
   A wall of steel they’ll find us;
For Gallic sword shall never reach
  The homes and hearts behind us.
      Should e’er they touch our dear lov’d shores, &c.

Though men of peace, if war should come,
   In friendship’s lap while lying,
The lamb will then a lion turn,
   The Eagle’s brood defying,
And shake in wrath his shaggy mane:
   Then foremost you shall find us,
The Volunteers, to shield from harm
   The homes and hearts behind us.
      And shake in wrath his shaggy mane &c.




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