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Song of the border.

air--Bonnie Dundee.

To the heart of the nation the booming guns spoke,
While the true flag went down in the fire and the smoke;
And the grim walls of Sumter yet echoed the fray
When the loyalists rushed where the Stars led the way.
chorus — Then fight for the Stripes, boys, and fight for the Stars!
Confounded be treason! torn down be the Bars!
Let foul traitors tremble, and rebels grow pale,
As the Banner of the Union floats out on the gale!

Though the land of the cypress its vandals sends forth,
They are met in the path by the hosts of the North:
Toward the troopers that spring from the cotton-banked stream,
With the fires of just vengeance our bayonets gleam.
chorus — Then fight, etc.
They may flaunt in the breeze their famed rattlesnake flag;
They may sneer at the Banner and call it a rag;
But by all we hold sacred, above or below,
We solemnly swear that their flag shall lie low I
chorus — Then fight, etc.

They may boast of their chivalry, boast of their blood;
We stand by our fathers' faith, bow but to God:
Let them come in their pride; they shall grievously feel
The firmness and keenness of loyalists' steel.
chorus — Then free let the Stripes wave, bright shine the Stars!
Confounded be treason! despised be the Bars!
The false hearts of rebels shall falter and quail,
As the Banner of Union floats out on the gale.

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