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- IN a chariot of light from the regions of day,
- The Goddess of Liberty came;
- Ten thousand celestials directed the way,
- And thither conducted the dame,
- This fair budding branch, from the garden above,
- Where millions with millions agree;
- She bro't in her hand, as a pledge of her love,
- The plant she call'd Liberty Tree.
- This celestial exotic struck deep in the ground,
- Like a native it flourish'd and bore;
- The fame of its fruit, drew the nations around,
- To seek out its peaceable shore.
- Unmindful of names or distinction they came,
- For freemen like brothers agree:
- With one sprit endow'd, they one friendship pursued,
- And their temple was Liberty Tree.
- Beneath this fair branch, like the patriarchs of old,
- Their bread, in contentment they eat;
- Unwearied with trouble, of silver or gold,
- Or the cares of the grand and the great.
- With timber and tar, they old England supplied,
- Supported her power on the seas;
- Her battles they fought, without having a groat,
- For the honor of Liberty Tree.
- But hear, O ye swains, ('tis a tale the most profane)
- How all they tyrannical powers,
- King, Commons, and Lords are uniting amain,
- To cut down this guardian of ours;
- From the east to the west, blow the trumpet to arms,
- Thro' the land let the sound of it flee,
- Let the far and the near, -all unite with a cheer,
- In defense of our Liberty Tree.
- Thomas Paine
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