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me to me! No! No Confed'racy I crave Save this, which, when we first were free, Our great and wise forefathers gave. Away the wild, delusive thought, A gift like this should prove for naught! 'Twas for no slight and transient grief In council met that patriot band; But long they bore; in vain relief They sought from “dear Old Mother-land,” Ere schemes of Independence laid, And gained it, after, by the blade. 'Twas for no small, contracted State, At Lexington that first blood flowed,-- At Valley Forge that shoeless feet Distained with gore the snows they trod; And that on Camden's burning plain Brave hearts withstood the iron rain. Shame not the memories of the men! 'Twas not for this that Henry spoke,-- Grasped Jefferson his cunning pen, And Washington his falchion took; That seven long years our grandsires bore The fortunes of a doubtful war. 'Twas that one glorious ensign still Should o'er one wide Republic wave, Whose deeds of peace the world should fill-- One nation, generous, jus