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Please include audio.
It's a little weird that the audio file doesn't match the sheet music. The band plays the first eight measures, skips sixteen, and plays the last four, so I think maybe the audio from a more complete performance would be nice to have. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 06:11, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
Nota Bene, there is a typo in that 1861 sheet music's lyrics
It has these words:
He governs in the fearful hour Of horrid war, of guides with ease
As the "plain" text in the main article shows, there ought to be only one "of", not two:
He governs in the fearful hour Of horrid war, or guides with ease
.... which makes sense (while the text with the typo is, in turn, a head-scratcher.)
Historical note proposed for inclusion
Francis Baylies was appointed chargé d'affaires to the Republic of Buenos Aires in the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (Argentina) just after the USS Lexington raid on the Falkland Islands in 1831; and just before the re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands (1833). Mr. Baylies and family arrived aboard the USS Peacock: both the British line-of-battle ship Plantagenet and H. B. M. frigate Druid complimented her flag by having their musicians play Hail Columbia.:pp.25,26
- Roberts, Edmund (12 October 2007) [First published in 1837]. Embassy to the Eastern courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat : in the U. S. sloop-of-war Peacock ... during the years 1832-3-4. Harper & brothers. OCLC 12212199.