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The American Revolution – Primary Source document


The Liberty Song

American Revolutionary War song, lyrics by John Dickinson

Philadelphia, 1768


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 Desarts for Freedom they came,
And dying bequeath'd us their Freedom and Fame–

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.

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."

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.

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,

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.

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 Freemen more dreadful than Pain–

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.

This bumper I crown for our Sovreign'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–

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.



Primary Source excerpt and adaptation via:

American Revolutionary War Songs to Cultivate the Sensations of Freedom, sung by Arthur F. Schrader (NY: Folkways Records and Service Corp, 1951) http://www.folkways.si.edu/arthur-f-schrader/american-revolutionary-war-songs-to-cultivate-the-sensations-of-freedom/historical-song/music/album/smithsonian