Songs of Liberty and Justice

Songs of Liberty and Justice©
 
    This Fourth of July is special in our history. We are at war against an enemy seeking not only our abundance, but our very freedom. In their evil progression, justice for all will be obliterated – justice will be defined by the unjust. To succeed, those attacking what is celebrated on this anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, whether enslaving people here between these shining seas or around the world, must change the hearts and minds of citizens whose heritage is one of courage and sacrifice for the sake of goodness and righteousness. Ignoring the truth and reality of the past, those seeking to destroy the America portrayed in the lyrics of  America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic call us to ignore the evils and tyranny of their humanist agendas manifest in the onslaught of liberalism in our courts and legislatures, and the ongoing atrocities of terrorism imparted by Islamic jihadists.
Songs of Liberty and Justice©
 
    This Fourth of July is special in our history. We are at war against an enemy seeking not only our abundance, but our very freedom. In their evil progression, justice for all will be obliterated – justice will be defined by the unjust. To succeed, those attacking what is celebrated on this anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, whether enslaving people here between these shining seas or around the world, must change the hearts and minds of citizens whose heritage is one of courage and sacrifice for the sake of goodness and righteousness. Ignoring the truth and reality of the past, those seeking to destroy the America portrayed in the lyrics of the three songs below call us to ignore the evils and tyranny of their humanist agendas manifest in the onslaught of liberalism in our courts and legislatures, and the ongoing atrocities of terrorism imparted by Islamic jihadists. Rather than listening to the lies and deceptions of the traitors in our midst, or to the propaganda of those who show no reluctance to continue the horror visited on the innocent on 11 September, 2001, loyal Americans across this land of the free and the home of the brave should lift their voices signing these three songs as we rise, one Nation under God, to confront the evil forces seeking to destroy what is represented in these hymns proclaiming liberty and justice for all.
 
    We are in an ideological war for the hearts and minds of people everywhere. "America is under attack not because of anything we have done or not done", but because we represent truth, liberty, and justice for all. In the words of “America the Beautiful”, we represent "liberty in law" – not the law of any false religion, not the laws concocted by humanists' desires, and certainly not the laws of politicians seeking to substitute their tyranny for the original intention of the Constitution. The Law spoken of in these three anthems of liberty and justice is the Law relied on in 1776 as one-third of the colonists took on the mightiest army and navy of their time with no army, no navy, and no unified military organization. "Relying on [the Power and provision of] divine Providence", "let us die to make men free".
 
    After the war of 1812, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was frequently sung as one of America's favorite patriotic songs. During our great Civil War, it, along with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", was an especially favored military hymn. From the latter, we can grasp at the feelings and emotions of that terrible war that forever changed this land. "The Attack on America" calls the war to end slavery the turning point in American history, where supported by the scientifically invalid concept of evolution, humanism, emboldened by an errant judiciary, began its "corrosion and erosion" of the original intention of the Constitution. Now, facing the same enemies, cloaked in the differing garments of prejudice, rationalism, lies, and deceit, we can sing these hymns, and their words can inspire and their music empower.
 
    Over a century ago, before mass communications, Americans expressed their patriotism in music, because music enabled words and feelings to be easily remembered and disseminated. We can now look at the words to understand the times past, and share the emotions of these true patriots. Ideals and values, represented in the lyrics, energized by the music, gave meaning and purpose to America's pain and suffering.
 
    Later, as America was recovering from the devastation of our Civil War, which often times saw brother pitted against brother, Katharine Lee Bates wrote the uplifting, reconciling lyrics for “America the Beautiful” as a poem in 1893. First published in 1895, she wrote a second version in 1904, and a final version in 1913. Over the years, Bates's words have been sung to many scores, but, until the time of her death on March 28, 1929, Miss Bates never said which music she preferred to be linked to her words. Now, our country’s “unofficial” national anthem is sung to the tune of Samuel Ward’s Materna.
 
    "America! America! God shed his grace on thee."
 
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America the Beautiful
 
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
America! America
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea
 
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness
America! America
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law
 
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life
America! America
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine
 
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears
America! America
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea
 
O beautiful for halcyon skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain
America! America
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea
 
O beautiful for pilgrims feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness
America America
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!
 
O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life
America! America
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free
 
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee
 
Lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates, 1913 Final Version
Music: Samuel Ward, 1882
 


The Star-Spangled Banner
 
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
Lyrics: Francis Scott Key
Music: "To Anacreon in Heaven" – 18th century British gentlemen's "constitutional song"
 
 
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
 
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
 
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
 
I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."
 
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
 
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
 
Lyrics: Julia Ward Howe
Music: tune and early lyrics written by William Steffe about 1856 as a Methodist Camp Meeting song, popular around Charleston, South Carolina prior to the Civil War 

 

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