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James Lowell

"True Freedom" (karaoke)

"True Freedom" (sheet music)

Men whose boast it is that ye

Come of fathers brave and free,

If there breathe on earth a slave,

Are ye truly free and brave?

If you do not feel the chain

When it works a brother's pain,

Are ye not base slaves indeed,

Slaves unworthy to be freed?


Is True Freedom but to break

Fetters for our own dear sake,

And, with leathern hearts, forget

That we owe mankind a debt?

No! True Freedom is to share

All the chains our brothers' wear,

And, with heart and hand, to be

Earnest to make others free!


They are slaves who fear to speak

For the fallen and the weak;

They are slaves who will not choose

Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,

Rather than in silence shrink

From the truth they needs must think;

They are slaves who do not be

In the right with two or three.


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