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'TIS THE FREE THAT RULE THE
Shall we be as Tyre and Carthage ? as Venice shall
we be ? Shall our fleets, like those De Ruyter led, no longer rule the sea ?
That shall be. When they who in our England breathe no longer are the free,
Then 'twill be.
But, while freemen's breath we're breathing, from our
grasp shall not be torn The rule we hold, the power to which our fathers' sons are born,
And the waves, When, and only when a tyrant's sway we know, our reign shall scorn,
We but slaves.