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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Universal Freedom
THE POWER that created the night and the day,
Gave his image divine to each model of clay;
Though on different features the god be impress’d,
One spirit immortal pervades every breast.
    And Nature’s great charter the right never gave,        5
    That one mortal another should dare to enslave.
The same genial ray that the lilies unfold,
Gives the diamond its lustre, it brightness to gold;
That which Europe’s proud sons to rapture inspire,
Warms each African breast with as genial a fire.
    And Nature’s great charter, &c.
May the head be corrected, subdued the proud soul
That would fetter free limbs, and free spirits control:
Be the gem or in ebon or in ivory enshrined,
The same form of heart warms the whole human kind.
    And Nature’s great charter, &c.
May Freedom, whose rays we are taught to adore,        15
Beam bright as the sun, and bless every shore;
No charter that pleads for the rights of mankind,
To invest these with gold, those with fetters can bind.
    And Nature’s great charter, &c.

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