Liberty Song

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Something for the Weekend.  Liberty Song.  Written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768, the song was sung by patriots in America to the tune of Heart of OakThe video above is the most hilarious scene from the John Adams mini-series where a completely fish out of water John Adams gets donations for the American cause from French aristocrats as they sing the Liberty Song, led by Ben Franklin who is obviously immensely enjoying himself.  It is a good song for Americans to recall, and perhaps especially so in this year of grace, 2012.

 

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,

 And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;

 No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,

 Or stain with dishonor America’s name.

  Chorus:

 In Freedom we’re born and in Freedom we’ll live.

 Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;

 Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we’ll give.

  Our worthy forefathers, let’s give them a cheer,

 To climates unknown did courageously steer;

 Thro’ oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,

 And dying, bequeath’d us their freedom and fame.

  Chorus

  Their generous bosoms all dangers despis’d,

 So highly, so wisely, their Birthrights they priz’d;

 We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,

 Nor frustrate their toils on the land and the deep.

  Chorus

  The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear’d;

 They lived to behold growing strong and revered;

 With transport they cried, “Now our wishes we gain,

 For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”

  Chorus

  Swarms of placemen and pensioners soon will appear

 Like locusts deforming the charms of the year;

 Suns vainly will rise, showers vainly descend,

 If we are to drudge for what others shall defend.

  Chorus

  Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,

 By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;

 In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,

 For heaven approves of each generous deed.

  Chorus

  All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,

 Of the courage we’ll show in support of our Laws;

 To die we can bear, but to serve we disdain.

 For shame is to Freedom more dreadful than pain.

  Chorus

  This bumper I crown for our Sovereign’s health,

 And this for Britannia’s glory and wealth;

 That wealth and that glory immortal may be,

 If She is but Just, and if we are but Free.   Chorus

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4 Responses to Liberty Song

  • G-Veg says:

    I’m disappointed to see so many European Cardinals this time. Given rumors of political maneuvering to restore an Italian or Frenchman to the Papacy, I see this as a very bad sign.

    I pray that the Church in Europe will be restored, but, at this juncture, the Church’s greatest strength is in the New World, not the Old. I had hoped to see a bunch of Chinese, African, and American cardinals.

    This feels like a European setup to turn the clock back to pre-JP II days – days of European bishops in charge of a full retreat from our traditions and lack of courage in facing Socialisn and Secularism.

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