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Rising of the people
Words: N.P. Beers
Music: M. Colburn

The drum tap rattles thro' the land
The trumpet calls to arms
A startled nation stands aghast
Unsused to war's alarms
Ho! watchman on the outer wall
What danger do you see?
"To arms, to arms!" the sentry cries
"To arms if you'd be free!"
"To arms, to arms!" the sentry cries
"To arms if you'd be free!"

Hark! heard you not that booming gun?
'Twas aim'd at Sumter's walls!
To arms, to arms! the cry speeds on
To arms! or freedom falls!
For on those walls our banner floats
Assail'd by traitor band
To arms, to arms! a nation shouts
To arms! for freedom stand!

They come, they come with patriot zeal
From workshop, store and farm
Resolv'd to save their country's flag
And traitor foes disarm!
Like ocean's roar their voices swell
From plain to mountain crag
Union and liberty they cry
One country and one flag!

With gath'ring strength they onward march
Their country's flag to shield
Its starry fold they bear aloft
On many a battle field!
They stand as once our fathers stood
They scorn from foe to fly
For freedom and Columbia's flag
They conquer or they die!

God speed our noble, gallant band
Of heroes, true and brave
March on, mach on! till o'er our land
The stripes and stars shall wave!
Great God of battles, bless our cause
Bring peace from war's alarms!
Protect and guide us by thy might
'Till vict'ry crowns our arms!

Refrain:
"To arms, to arms!" the sentry cries
"To arms if you'd be free!"
"To arms, to arms!" the sentry cries
"To arms if you'd be free!"

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