Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Songs of '61: The First Gun is Fired

The First Gun is Fired
by George F. Root 
April 1861

The first gun is fired! 
may God protect the right!
Let the free-born sons of the North arise 
in power's avenging might
Shall the glorious Union our fathers made 
by ruthless hands be sundered?
And we of freedom's sacred right 
by trait'rous foes be plundered.

Arise; Arise; Arise! 
And gird ye for the fight,
And let our watchword ever be, 
May God protect the right.

The first gun is fired, 
By echoes thrill the land,
And the bounding hearts of the patriot throng, 
Now firmly take their stand;
We will bow no more to the tyrant few 
Who scorn our long forebearing,
But with Columbia's stars and stripes, 
We'll quench their trait'rous daring

The first gun is fired, 
Oh! heed the signal well,
And the thunder tone as it rolls along 
Shall sound opression's knell,
For the arm of freedom is mighty still, 
But strength shall fail us never,
The strength we'll give to our righteous cause 
And our glorious land forever!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Then tolled the bells more loud and deep,
God is not dead nor does he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth goodwill to men.
- Longfellow.