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THE LIBERTY SONG.                                  39
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.
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.
This bumper I crown for our sovereign's health, And this for Britannia's glory and wealth; That wealth, and that glory immortal may be, If she is but just, and we are but free. In freedom we're born, &c.
1 John Dicldnson occupies a prominent position in the early his­tory of the Revolution. He was a member of the Pennsylvania As­sembly in 1764; of the Congress of 1765, and also of the first Con­tinental Congress, which met in Carpenter's Hall at Philadelphia on the fourth of September, 1774. Of the important and eloquent state papers of that Congress, he wrote the principal part. Though so little a republican at the commencement of the Revolutionary diffi­culties, as to oppose the Declaration of Independence, because he loubted the policy of Congress, " without some preclusory trials of .mr strength," he fully proved the sincerity of his attachment to the

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