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Jefferson and Liberty. L.M.D.

An A minor folk hymn in 6/8 time. Composed 2013.

Text from Robert Treat Paine, 1800.

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The gloomy night before us lies;
The reign of terror now is o'er;
Its gags, inquisitors and spies,
Its hordes of harpies are no more.

Rejoice, Columbia's sons, rejoice;
To tyrants never bend the knee;
But join with heart and soul and voice,
For Jefferson and Liberty.

O'er vast Columbia's varied clime,
Her cities, forests, shores and dales,
In riding majesty, sublime,
Immortal liberty prevails.

Rejoice, Columbia's sons, rejoice...

Here strangers from a thousand shores,
Compell'd by tyranny to roam,
Shall find, amidst abundant stores,
A nobler and a happier home.

Rejoice, Columbia's sons, rejoice...

From Georgia up to Lake Champlain,
From seas to Mississippi's shore,
Ye sons of freedom loud proclaim,
The reign of terror is no more.

Rejoice, Columbia's sons, rejoice...