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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Song: ‘Hail, Freedom, all hail! on the top of Mount Breed’
 
HAIL, Freedom, all hail! on the top of Mount Breed,
Where Grand-master Warren was destined to bleed,
We saw thee in spirit with favour of Heaven,
The hero and patriot to whom it was given,
Mid clouds and thick darkness to lead forth the day        5
Which Europe new-lightens with liberty’s ray.
 
Hail, Freedom, all hail! thy life-kindling beams,
Which broke on Mount Breed, sheds of reason the gleams
O’er kingdoms and nations long hid from its light:
Lo, darkness recedeth, and past is the night:        10
To nature’s wide limits thy splendour shall blaze,
And myriads on millions salute thee with praise.
 
Hail, Freedom, all hail! rise on pinions outspread:
From France be thy course through the universe sped;
Teach monarchs and priests, with the nobles of earth,        15
To own that from heaven springs Liberty’s birth;
Whilst the south and the north, the east and the west,
With Liberty, Life, Peace, and Freedom are blest.
 
 
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