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bern ensemble – the voice of six hundred thousand nominally free lyrics

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[verse 1]
come, friends, awake, the day is dawning
’tis time that we were in the field
shake off your fears and cease your yawning
and buckle on your sword and shield
and buckle on your sword and shield
the enemy is now advancing
the tyrant+host is great and strong
but, ah, their reign will not be long
we shrink not at their war+steeds prancing
stand up, stand up, my boys
the battlefield is ours
fight on, fight on, all hearts resolved
to break the tyrant’s power
[verse 2]
the men of god have quite deserted
the battlefield and gone their way
the world will never be converted
while tyrants bear despotic sway
while tyrants bear despotic sway
the infidels are quite astounded
and atheists do speechless stand
to see god’s image wear the brand
while with god’s word, they must surrounded
stand up, stand up, my braves
the army never forsake
march on, march on, all hearts resolved
the tyrant’s power to break

[verse 3]
’tis true that we are few in number
and yet, those few are brave and strong
like athens’ mighty sons of thunder
upon the plains of marathon
upon the plains of marathon
with courage bold, we’ll take our station
against the mighty host of whites
and plead like men for equal rights
and thus exalt our fallen nation
to arms, to arms, my braves
the sword of truth unsheath
march on, march on, all hearts resolved
on liberty or death