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The Liberty Song - words

Posted by ESC on May 08, 2001

In Reply to: The Liberty Song posted by ESC on May 08, 2001

: : Who said this? What is the origin? Eishenhower spoke quite a bit about unification, but, this is more about cohesion, freedom, etc. Was subject of a song in the late 60's. Any ideas?

: "United we stand, divided we fall" is the motto of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. And it says on the state Web site: "The motto is believed to be from 'The Liberty Song,' popular during the American Revolution, and a favorite of Isaac Shelby, Kentucky's first governor."

John Dickinson. (1732-1808)
The Liberty Song

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.

In freedom we're born,
And in freedom we'll live!
Our purses are ready,
Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as free men,
Our money we'll give.

2. How sweet are the labors
That freemen endure,
That they shall enjoy
All the profit, secure,
No more such sweet labors
Americans know,
If Britons shall reap
What Americans sow.

3. 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.