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PUBLISIIED BY LANG. & LAING,
Engravers, Lithographers & Printers,
117, FULTON STREET, N.Y.
Hail, Caledonia! land of song and story,
Land of the fair, the virtuous and the brave ! The brightest star that sheds on thee its glory
Rose from the darkness of thy Burns's grave : That star shall be a light among the nations
When prouder orbs have faded and grown dim, And hailed with pride by coming generations,
For man yet knows not all he owes to him.
His strains have nerved the feeble 'gainst oppression,
Aroused in true men's hearts a scorn of wrong, Pointed the hopeless to man's sure progression,
And taught the weak to suffer and be strong. Lessons like these the soul of man shall cherish
While through his heart the ardent life-blood springs : One burning thought, at least, can never perish
An honest man's above the might of kings.
While noble souls shall glow with warm emotion,
While Woman loves and Genius pants for fame,While Truth and Freedom claim man's deep devotion,
True hearts shall throb responsive to his name. Then weep not, Scotland, though thy minstrel slumbers ;
Still lives the spirit of his song sublime,Still shall the music of his deathless numbers
Thrill in all hearts and vibrate through all time.