by Thomas Paine
IN a chariot of light from the regions of day
The Goddess of Liberty came;
Ten thousand celestials directed the way
And hither conducted the dame.
A fair budding branch from the gardens above
Where millions with millions agree
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love
And the plant she named Liberty Tree.
The celestial exotic struck deep in the ground
Like a native it flourished and bore;
The fame of its fruit drew the nations around
To seek out this peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinctions they came
For freemen like brothers agree;
With one spirit enduedthey one friendship pursued
And their temple was Liberty Tree.
Beneath this fair treelike the patriarchs of old
Their bread in contentment they ate
Unvexed with the troubles of silver and gold
The cares of the grand and the great.
With timber and tar they Old England supplied
And supported her power on the sea;
Her battles they foughtwithout getting a groat
For the honor of Liberty Tree.
But hearO ye swains'tis a tale most profane
How all the tyrannical powers
KingsCommons and Lordsare uniting amain
To cut down this guardian of ours;
From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms
Through the land let the sound of it flee
Let the far and the nearall unite with a cheer
In defence of our Liberty Tree.