Our Country’s Hope


Baltimore National Convention of Ratification. Clay and the tariff


Respectfully dedicated to the Clay Club of St- Louis.

Tune — “Rosin the Beau.

Come all ye bold lads of old ’40,
Who rallied ’round Tippecanoe,
And give us your hearts and your voices,
For Harry the noble and true.

Come show the whole world that our spirit
Is up again, “sartain and sure;
And push right ahead for our Harry,
Great Harry — the honest and pure.

Come forth, one and all, to the battle,
Determined the country to save;
And strike for the Farmer of Ashland,
For Harry, the great and the brave.

A leader is he who ne’er failed us,
So now we will give him our best;
Then shout for the friend of Home Labour,
The patriot, Hal of the West.

For Protection he ever has struggled —
His coat you will find is home-made:
He goes dead against the starvation
That comes with one sided free trade.

So for home, and home’s friend, let’s huzza,
And never give over the fight,
Till the corporal’s guard and the Locos,
Are put to inglorious flight.

We’re engaged for the war, and we’ll “go it!”
You need’nt believe we’ll back out!
For the flag of bold Harry is flying,
And “Harry and Home” we will shout!

For Harry’s the name we delight in —
O’er mountain and plain let it flow;
For as true as you live, if we falter,
To ruin we surely must go.


The election of 1840 featured “Old Tippecanoe,” AKA William Henry Harrison.

The “Farmer of Ashland” is Henry Clay.  Ashland was his home in Kentucky.

Protection and Home Labor are matters of the protective tariff, which the Whigs supported. On the other hand the Whigs hated free trade.

The “corporal’s guard” was President Tyler’s supporters in congress.  The Locos were the Democrats.

Unfortunately, Missouri (home of Senator Thomas Hart Benton) went for Polk in the general election.

Tomorrow: yet another bit of filler!


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