Hail, Columbia

Hail, Columbia! happy land!

Author: Francis Hopkinson
Published in 50 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Hail! Columbia, happy land!
Hail! ye heroes, heav’n-born band,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
Who fo’t and bled in freedom’s cause,
And when the storm of war was gone,
Enjoyed the peace your valor won;
Let Independence be your boast,
Ever mindful what it cost,
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let is altar reach the skies.

Firm, united let us be,
Rallying round our liberty,
As a band of brothers joined,
Peace and safety we shall find.

2 Immortal Patriots, rise once more!
Defend your rights, defend your shore;
Let no rude foe with impious hand,
Let no rude foe with impious hand,
Invade the shrine where sacred lies,
Of toil and blood the well-earned prize;
While off’ring peace sincere and just,
In heav’n we place a manly trust,
That truth and justice may prevail,
And ev’ry scheme of bondage fail! [Refrain]

3 Sound, sound the trump of fame!
Let Washington’s great name
Ring thro’ the world with loud applause,
Ring thro’ the world with loud applause!
Let ev’ry clime to freedom dear,
Listen with a joyful ear;
With equal skill with steady pow’r
He governs in the fearful hour
Of horid war or guides with ease,
The happier time of honest peace. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.2 #207

Author: Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B. LOC Name Authority Files Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hail, Columbia! happy land!
Title: Hail, Columbia
Author: Francis Hopkinson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Firm, united, let us be
Copyright: Public Domain



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