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- 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 dishonour America's name.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Tree their own hands had to Liberty rear'd;
- They liv'd to behold growing strong and rever'd;
- With transport they cry'd, "Now our wishes we gain
- For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain."
- 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 spend.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- John Dickinson
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