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ON HEARING THE BELLS RING FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMEND
MENT ABOLISHING SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES.
TT is done!
1 Clang of bell and roar of gun Send the tidings up and down.
How the belfries rock and reel,
How the great guns, peal on peal,
Ring, O bells!
Loud and long, that all may hear,
Ring for every listening ear
Let us kneel :
Lord, forgive us! What are we,
That our eyes this glory see,
For the Lord
He has smitten with his thunder
The iron walls asunder,
Loud and long
He has cast the mighty down;
Horse and rider sink and drown;
Did we dare,
When was ever his right hand .
Over any time or land
How they pale,
Blossoms white with righteous law,
Freer breathe the universe
It is done!
It shall bid the sad rejoice,
It shall give the dumb a voice,
Ring and swing
With a sound of broken chains,
Tell the nations that He reigns,
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