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make no objections to the tune — it is bold and even pleasing; yet it smalls too strongly of the 'nigger' to assume the dignified rank of a National song. And the words, notwithstanding the prophetic virtue given them by your lady correspondent, what are they? Mere doggerel stuff, from the brain of some natural poet, away down in Dixie--'that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,' because no one as yet has ever reached it." We have no really national airs. "Yankee Doodle" is an unmeaning melody of foreign origin. As our correspondent says, it was played in derision of the Americans, by the British lifers during the Revolutionary war — Its true origin is from an unsuccessful oratorio, entitled "Ulysses," composed by William Smith. "Hail Columbia," originally the old "President's March," was composed by the German leader of the band at Trenton, after the battle. The "Star Spangled Banner is the old Irish tune of Bibo. The more modern song, so popular wi
, to cut open the goose that laid the golden egg, and to make us bitter and implacable enemies as long as we live; or, if we die, to deprive themselves of their best customers, give up the fertile South to sterility and solitude, and leave nobody, from the Potomac to the Gulf, whom they can possibly cajole, cheat and plunder any more. Could they triumph, as they propose; could they exterminate us, as they threaten; could they abolish our domestic institutions, as they desire, what would Yankee Doodle do for customers and cotton, for commissions, brokerages, insurances, freights, and the interminable list of its levies upon the Southern pocket? And the people who have made this grand mistake, who have placed their all upon the hazard of this die, who have thrown themselves between Scylla and Charybdis, are the cool, calculating, money making Yankee nation! What a strange compound of the practical and the fanatical, of shrewdness and sentimentalism, of a cold heart and a hot head, of