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In God They Did Trust

At a time in our country, when oh so young

There were many heroes who went unsung

The people were subject to a royal tyranny

Of tariffs and taxes there were just too many


One starry night after dark, on a ship laden with tea

Patriots protesting the taxes, tossed the cargo into the sea

And then resolutely on one bright and sunny day

The founding fathers came forth and were heard to say


The Creator hath bestowed upon us unalienable rights

Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, all deserving of a fight

All men by God, were created equal with his own hand

And these truths were held self-evident across the land


The bell of freedom that day did loudly ring

And was said of some, the angels came to sing

The battle for liberty waged on for many years

Over lost ones, were shed, many loving tears


The founders for their boldness did nobly sacrifice

Life, fortune, family, some gave twice, even thrice

The army they raised, were patriots one and all

Out of love for their freedom they answered the call


The summers brought mosquitoes, dysentery and blistered feet

Though wounded and hungry they fought on through the heat

The winters were harsh and their feet were cold and sore

Muskets could barely be heard through the cannons loud roar


Their courage, honor, and virtue was heralded by their flag

Even shedding blood, sweat and tears, their determination did not lag

The patriots fought on, for liberty’s fire did burn

In the hearts of each man and his comrades in turn


The Army’s General kneeled in prayer, to our Lord on high

He prayed for freedoms victory, that in vain none would die

And with courage and conviction every patriot did vow

Never again before God, to a tyrant would they bow


The patriots persevered and quelled the army of the king

The Freedom Bell rang and the people joyously did sing

Now the work would begin on a plan, with God’s guiding hand

To craft a government of the people to watch over the land


The people were free and sovereign and in as much saw

The need for a Constitution and a Republic, ruled by law

We have since that time celebrated, with “Pomp and Parade”,

“Bonfires and Illuminations” our victory o’er tyranny’s blade


Lest we forget all the sacrifices that were made for our liberty

On each Independence Day, say a prayer or two, even take a knee

Thank, God, the Founding Fathers, and all of our freedoms defenders

For our bountiful Nation and the wisdom our Constitution renders


Evermore in the land of the free, let there be Liberty and Justice for all

That every man, women and child might stand straight, proud and tall

And to those who would hide or cast, the Creator’s influence asunder

Let the historians reflect, how the patriot’s response was like thunder!


God bless America and may our Freedom Bell ring on, forever!

By Tom Whitmore

Copyright 2010, Thomas J. Whitmore

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