Now Here’s to Thee of the Frozen North

The National Clay Minstrel, and Frelinghuysen Melodist marches to battle, as the Vermont delegation arrives at the convention.



THE VERMONTER’S SONG AT BALTIMORE.

Tune— “Old Dan Tucker.”

From “Yankee Land” — at dawn of day —
We all set out on our joyous way,
Our flags we unfurled — and our mountains rung
With the joyous notes of the song we sung,

On! on! to the Battle marching,
On! on! to the Battle marching,
On! on! to the Battle marching,
For “0ld Kentuck!” we all are marching.

And now from Old Vermont we’ve come in a swarm,
And tho’ our clime is cold — our hearts are warm,
Our Evergreen is floating free.
It has ever led to Victory, —

Hurrah! hurrah! the Green Sprig’s waving,
Hurrah! hurrah! the Green Sprig’s waving,
Hurrah! hurrah ! the Green Sprig’s waving,
For “Old Kentuck” the green is waving.

Oh, the Evergreen, is a stout old tree,
Its branches wave o’er the brave and free,
It proudly stands, while it laughs to scorn
The lightning’s flash, and old winter’s storm.

Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

Our hardy sons are brave and true,
And pure’s the air they ever drew;
Our mountains are unconquered yet.
And we boast the star that ne’er has set, —

Hurrah! hurrah! the star is gleaming,
Hurrah! hurrah! the star is gleaming,
Hurrah! hurrah! the star is gleaming,
Upon old Kentuck ’tis brightly beaming.

Oh! that glorious star is our delight,
It brightest glows in hottest fight,
And by its mild and constant ray.
We’re ever guided on our way, —

Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

Oh, the Yankee boys are wide awake,
They come from hill, from valley and lake,
And the song they sing both night and day,
Is clear the track for Harry Clay.

Hurrah, hurrah! Vermont is rising,
Hurrah, hurrah! Vermont is rising,
Hurrah, hurrah! Vermont is rising,
For Harry Clay and Frelinghuysen.

Now here’s to Thee of the frozen North,
Oh, Old Vermont, we know thy worth,
For thy hills and valleys and mountain rock,
We’ll on! on! to the battle shock,

And strike! strike! for the people’s rising,
Strike! strike! for the people’s rising,
Strike! strike! for the people’s rising,
For Harry Clay and Frelinghuysen.


NOTES:

“Old Dan Tucker” is another song that came out of the black-face minstrel shows.  If you know “Old Dan Tucker” and “Old Rosin the Beau” you know the tunes for a whole bunch of the American campaign songs of the 1800s.

“Old Kentuck” is Henry Clay (of Kentucky).

During the War of 1812 Vermont militiamen wore green sprigs in their hats as a recognition sign:

Sir Geo. Prevost at Plattsburg, tho’ in a sister state,
Said Vermont has sent her boys to fight, defeat is sure our fate,
To his fourteen thousand men he said we leave this ground of Platts,
Don’t you see them Vermont boys have come with green sprigs in their hats,
With green sprigs in their hats,
They’re ready for combats,
I had rather fight the devil than those Vermont democrats.

(From INCIDENTS IN THE HISTORY OF VERMONT
written and sung by J. M. Dana, a long time resident of this town, before the Freemen of Calais, Sept. 1, 1840

Air: — “We’ll settle on the Banks of the Ohio“)

(If you actually want to hear “Incidents in the History of Vermont” it’s on Margaret MacArthur’s Vermont Ballads & Broadsides.)

The Evergreen is on the Vermont state flag, as is the star that ne’er has set.

As it happens, Vermont did go for Clay and Frelinghuysen in ’44.


Tomorrow: The Convention Song!

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