Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan



ANDREW JACKSON

On the life of Andrew Jackson,
      Now dear people I will write,
And in sketches, I will tell you
      His career with great delight.
His career on earth is ended;
      But his name is ever bright,
And his memory is cherished
      As a great glorious knight.

The early life of Andrew Jackson,
      Its marked in high renown,
As a lover of his country
      He proved steadfastly profound,
Through kind teaching of his mother,
      That patriot lady brave;
His mind strengthened by her wisdom,
      Ere she sank into her grave.

Ah, in manhood, Andrew Jackson,
      Was a daring fearless man;
With a strong iron will commanding,
      He was loved throughout our land.
He was kind and generous hearted
      In his military acts,
Yet was stubborn, while commanding,
      And no courage did he lack.

At middle age, Andrew Jackson
      Was a noble warlike man,
And was capable of handling
      The army at his command.
You can see it by the battles
      Of his Indian campaign,
Or the battle of New Orleans,
      Where so many men were slain.

The dauntless energy of Jackson,
      Oh, should never be forgot,
Or the battle of New Orleans,
      Where he diligently fought.
Where he fought to save his country,
      From the British fleets of fame;
Through coolness and courage
      The victory he did gain.

As commander, Andrew Jackson
      Was a soldier of great skill,
And he nobly done his duty
      To his country, with good will.
Yet in life his acts were censured,
      Ah, by men both great and small.
One the acts that made him trouble
      Was the arresting of Judge Hall.

Oh, that act cost Andrew Jackson
      Many heart pang in after life,
For he thought it was his duty
      In that hard cruel strife
That his soldiers should obey him
      And fulfill every command,
As he knew no other method,
      He could save his native land.

The people loved Andrew Jackson,
      "Old Hickory" was their friend.
As a President o'er our country
      He proved faithful to the end.
His career on earth was ended
      Eighteen Forty Five; is seen
As a star his name is shining
      The "hero" of "New Orleans."


Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore ,
ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).
Note: "Its" in stanza 2 and "One the acts" in stanza 6 are accurately transcribed from Blair's edition.
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