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Hail, Columbia!
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1798

THE FIRST VERSE OF THE SONG

BY JOSEPH HOPKINSON

“HAIL, Columbia! Happy land!
Hail, ye heroes, heaven-born band,
Who fought and bled in Freedom’s cause,
Who fought and bled in Freedom’s cause,
And when the storm of war was gone
Enjoy’d the peace your valor won.
Let independence be our boast,
Ever mindful what it cost;
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let its altar reach the skies.

“Firm–united–let us be,
Rallying round our Liberty;
As a band of brothers join’d,
Peace and safety we shall find.”