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1.THEE, we approach, Almighty King,
To thee our voices raise;
Homage we bring, glory we sing,
Great God, accept our praise.

2. Freedom and strength, and wealth and fame,
Our youthful States enjoy;
Thanks to thy name, Father supreme,
Let all our tongues employ.

3. Thou art our God, our earliest friend,
Our father’s guard and guide;
Still condescend, time without end,
Among their sons t’abide.

4. Long may we guard each sacred right
For which our fathers bled;
Long as the light gleams on our sight,
The paths of freedom tread.

5. O, may we fight the fight of faith,
O’ercome in virtue’s field;
Fir’d by thy breath, fearless of death,
Our arms we’ll never yield.

6. Then shall we break the cruel chains
Of Afric’s suffering race:
Spurning our gains, feel for their pains,
And sooth their deep distress.

7. Widely display thy power abroad,
And make oppression cease;
Break, mighty God, tyranny’s rod,
And hush the world to peace.

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Samuel Willard (1776-1859) was ordained as minister in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1807. His increasingly Unitarian philosophy eventually caused the orthodox members of the church to leave and form their own congregation in 1835. The hymn he composed for the country's birthday celebration on July 4, 1826, unites the themes of patriotism and religion to advance the world to peace.


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"HYMN - For Fourth July--1826"

author   Reverend Samuel Willard (1776-1859)
date   Jul 4, 1826
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   9.0"
width   4.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Communication/Poetry/Ballad/Song
accession #   #L01.007

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