Songs and Ballads of the American Revolution
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the standard of Satan beside, And honest names using, their black deeds to hide, With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns. This perjured banditti, now ruin this land, And o'er its poor people claim lawless command, With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns. Their pasteboard dollars, prove a common curse, They don't chink like silver and gold in our purse; With nothing their leaders have paid their debts off, Their honor's, dishonor, and justice they scoff, With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns. For one lawful ruler, many tyrants we've got, Who force young and old to their wars, to be shot, With their hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns. Our good king, God speed him! never used men so, We then could speak, act, and like freemen could go; But committees enslave us, our Liberty's gone, Our trade and church murder'd; our country's undone, By hunting-shirts, and rifle-guns. Come take up your glasses, each true loyal heart, And may every rebel meet his due desert, With his hunting-shirt, and rifle-gun. May Congress, Conventions, those damn'd in-quisitions, Be fed with hot sulphur, from Lucifer's kitchens, May commerce and peace again be restored, And Americans own their true sovereign lord. Then oblivion to shirts, and rifle-guns.1 God save the King. 1 Then oblivion to shirts, and rifle-guns. The uniforms and equipments of the Continental soldiers were the subject of much contempt and irony on the part of the loyalists. The companies of riflemen, from the western mountains, were generally dressed in hunting-shirts and trowsers, of fawn color or brown, adorned with a fringe. " These from the cerulean mountains hurried down; ###### Beneath their aim the hostile leaders fall, For death rides swift th' unseen, unerring ball. Humphrey's Washington....
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- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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