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This beautiful ballad was written by Thomas Paine, the author of " The Age of Reason," and published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of July, 1775, while he was editor of that periodical. He composed and published many songs and elegies during his connection with the Magazine. Among them " The Death of Wolfe, on the plains of Abraham," is uncommonly pathetic and graceful.
In a chariot of light from the regions of day,
The Goddess of Liberty came ; Ten thousand celestials directed the way.
And hither conducted the dame. A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
Where millions with millions a^ree, She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.2