Dutch Song | American Revolution War Song

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Frank Moore
Frank Moore

Frank Moore was a journalist and Revolutionary historian. He published a number of books on the American Revolution during his career in the mid-19th century, including Songs and Ballads of the American Revolution, Diary of the American Revolution and The Patriot Preachers of the American Revolution.

This song was published in the Pennsylvania Packet, at Philadelphia, as “A song made by a Dutch lady at the Hague, for the sailors of the five American vessels at Amsterdam. June, 1779.”

Dutch Song

GOD save the Thirteen States
Long rule th’ United States !
God save our States !
Make us victorious;
Happy and glorious;
No tyrants over us;
God save our States!

Oft did America
Foresee, with sad, dismay,
Her slav’ry near.
Oft did her grievance state,
But Britain, falsely great,
Urging her desp’rate fate,
Turn’d a deaf ear.

Now the proud British foe
We’ve made, by vict’ries, know,
Our sacred right.
Witness at Bunker’s Hill,
Where godlike Warren fell,
Happy his blood to spill,
In gallant fight.

To our fam’d Washington,
Brave Stark at Bennington,
Glory is due.
Peace to Montgomery’s shade,
Who as he fought and bled,
Drew honors round his head,
Num’rous as true.

Look to Sar’toga’s plain,
Our captures on the main,
Moultrie’s defence.
Our catalogue is long,
Of heroes yet unsung,
Who noble feats have done
For independence.

The melting mother’s moans,
The aged father’s groans,
Have steel’d our arms.
Ye British Whigs beware !
Your chains near formèd are,
In spite of Richmond’s care
To sound alarms.

Come join your hands to ours;
No royal blocks, no tow’rs;
God save us all !
Thus in our country’ ‘s cause,
And to support our laws;
Our swords shall never pause
At Freedom’s call.

We’ll fear no tyrant’s nod,
Nor stern oppression’s rod,
Till Time’s no more.
Thus Liberty, when driv’n
From Europe’s states, is giv’n
A safe retreat and hav’n,
On our free shore.

O, Lord! thy gifts in store,
We pray on Congress pour,
To guide our States.
May union bless our land,
While we, with heart and hand,
Our mutual rights defend,
God save our States !

God save the Thirteen States !
Long watch the prosp’rous fates
Over our States!
Make us victorious;
Happy and glorious;
No tyrants over us;
God save our States !

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