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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Liberty
 
From the New York Gazette, or Weekly Post-Boy, May 30, 1765

CURSED be the man who e’er shall raise
  His sacrilegious hand,
To drive fair Liberty, our praise,
  From his own native land.
 
O, may his memory ne’er die,—        5
  By future ages cursed;
But live to lasting infamy,
  Branded, of traitors worst.
 
But, happy! happy! happy they,
  Who, in their country’s cause,        10
Shall cast reluctant fear away,
  Immortal in applause.
 
Who, with their conscious virtue girt,
  Sha’n’t dread oppression’s voice;
But boldly dare those rights t’ assert,        15
  In which all men rejoice.
 
 
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