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This bold song appeared in the " Freeman's Journal," about one month previous to the declaration of independence, as a " Parody on an ode published in the Town and Country Magazine," in 1774. The loyal papers of the time speak of it as a specimen of " highborn rebel melody." There is a low and vulgar parody on this song, in a collection of " Fugitive Pieces," published at London in 1777.
Freemen ! if you pant for glory, If you sigh to live in story,
If you burn with patriot zeal; Seize this bright auspicious hour, Chase those venal tools of power,
Who subvert the public weal.