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This Day In Founding Fathers History – 18 July

18 The Liberty SongOn this day in 1768, “The Liberty Song” was published in the Boston Gazette. The song was written by John Dickinson, one of the first colonial patriotic songs to be written. It was sung to the tune of “Hearts of Oak,” the anthem of the British Royal Navy. Some assistance was given by Dickinson’s friend, Arthur Lee, with writing one of the stanzas. The song became very popular and was sung throughout the colonies. The most famous line of the song is a phrase well known today, “By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” Dickinson wrote his original version of the song, but, upon reflection, he decided, “I think it was rather too bold.” He made changes and asked that they be printed as the original in the newspaper. 1

18 John CrugerOne notable birthday on this day in 1710, that of John Cruger, Jr. Cruger was a businessman and statesman from New York. He served as Mayor of New York City for a decade starting in 1756. During that same time and after, he served on the General Assembly. In 1765, in response to the Stamp Act and other taxes levied against the colonists by Britain, a Convention of the Colonies was held, with Robert Livingston and John Cruger representing New York. Cruger was the principal author of the Declaration of Rights and Livingston penned the Petition to the King. 2

 

18 Stamp Act cartoon

 

1 “The Liberty Song,” chronicles.dickinson.edu/encyclo/l/ed_libertysong.html; “The Liberty Song,” www.americanrevolution.org/war%20songs/warsongs6.html; “The Liberty Song,” Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liberty_Song
2 “John Cruger,” The New York Society Library, www.nysoclib.org/collection/ledger/people/cruger_john; “Journal of the first Congress of the American Colonies in opposition to the tyrannical acts of the British Parliament,” Google Books, books.google.com/books?id=_mxwAAAAMAAJ; “Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence,” books.google.com/books?isbn=162358017X

 

 

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  • I’ve been looking for this song. Unfortunately have not been able to hear a version of said song. I copied some of the addresses listed above. Using mozille firefox. My computer is a dud. Any suggestions?

    • Believe it or not you can get the lyrics at wikipedia. I heard that there is a musical version on YouTube as well.
      Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
      And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;
      No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
      Or stain with dishonor America’s name.
      Chorus:
      In Freedom we’re born and in Freedom we’ll live.
      Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
      Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we’ll give.
      Our worthy forefathers, let’s give them a cheer,
      To climates unknown did courageously steer;
      Thro’ oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
      And dying, bequeath’d us their freedom and fame.
      Chorus
      Their generous bosoms all dangers despis’d,
      So highly, so wisely, their Birthrights they priz’d;
      We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,
      Nor frustrate their toils on the land and the deep.
      Chorus
      The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear’d;
      They lived to behold growing strong and revered;
      With transport they cried, “Now our wishes we gain,
      For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”
      Chorus
      Swarms of placemen and pensioners soon will appear
      Like locusts deforming the charms of the year;
      Suns vainly will rise, showers vainly descend,
      If we are to drudge for what others shall defend.
      Chorus
      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.
      Chorus
      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 Freedom more dreadful than pain.
      Chorus
      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 if we are but Free.
      Chorus
      1770 Version
      Come swallow your bumpers, ye Tories, and roar,
      That the sons of fair freedom are hampered once more;
      But know that no cut-throats our spirits can tame,
      Nor a host of oppressors shall smother the flame.
      Chorus:
      In Freedom we’re born, and, like sons of the brave,
      Will never surrender, But swear to defend her;
      And scorn to survive, if unable to save.

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