The Kansas Emigrant Song

Song

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THE KANSAS EMIGRANT SONG

BY J. G. WHITTIER

Tune……. Auld Lang Syne.

We cross the prairie as of old,
The pilgrims crossed the sea,
To make the West, as they the East,
The homestead of the free!

Chorus—
The homestead of the free, my boys,
The homestead of the free,
To make the West, as they the East,
The homestead of the free.

We go to rear a wall of men
On Freedom's Southern line,
And plant beside the cotton-tree,
The rugged Northern pine!
Chorus.

We’re flowing from our native hills
As our free rivers flow;
The blessing of our motherland
Is on us as we go.
Chorus.

We go to plant her common schools
On distant prairie swells,
And give the Sabbaths of the wild
The music of her bells.
Chorus.

Upbearing, like the Ark of old,
The Bible in our van,
We go to test the truth of God
Against the fraud of man.
Chorus.

No pause, nor rest, save where the streams
That feed the Kansas run,
Save where our Pilgrim gonfalon
Shall flout the setting sun!
Chorus.

We'll sweep the prairie as of old
Our fathers swept the sea,
And make the West, as they the East
The homestead of the free!
Chorus.

Curator Notes

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Exact Title: "The Kansas Emigrant Song"
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Year: 1854
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Description: 1 sheet; 13 x 8 cm.

Author/Creator: J. G. Whitter

Publisher: Unknown
Place of Publication: Boston?

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Catalog Number: American Antiquarian Society BDSDS. 1854, First Eds. Whitt.