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Uncle Joe's "Hail Columbia" (Henry Clay Work) Uncle Joe come home a singing, Hail Columby! Glorious times de Lord is bringing, Now let me die. Fling de chains into de ribber, Lay de burden down; Dar is one who will delibber, Now let me die. cho: Ring de bells in eb'ry steeple! Raise de Flag on high! De Lord has come to sabe His people, Now let me die. Bressed days, I lib to see them, Hail Columby! I hab drawn a breff of freedom, Now let me die. Ninety years I bore de burden, Den He heard my cry Standin' on de banks ob Jordan Now let me die. Dis is what de war was brought for Hail, Columby! Dis is what our faders fought for Now let me die, Dar's an end to all dis sorrow Comin' by and by, Prayin for dat bressed tomorrow Now let me die. I hab seen de rebels beaten Hail Columby! I hab sen de hosts retreatin' Now let me die. O! dis Union can't be broken Dar's no use to try, No sech ting de Lord has spoken Now let me die. I'll go home a-singing "Glory!" Hail Columby! Since I heard dis bressed story Now let me die. 'Tis de ransom ob de nation Drawin' now so nigh 'Tis de day ob full salbation Now let me die. From Songs of Henry Clay Work, Work note: Dialect is politically incorrect, but sentiment is pure Abolitionist. RG RG apr96
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