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THE CALL

Sparkling and bright.
Song performed by: Leslie Beukelman (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.
Come one and all at the urgent call,
Round freedom's standard rally;
With whip and chain, and slavery's gain,
No, not for a moment dally.

Chorus. -- O then unbind the limbs and mind,
Of every sister, brother;
Tis manly and brave to plead for the slave,
And kindly help one another.

Sorrow doth flow and want and woe,
'Tis the fruit of base oppression;
Darker than hell, oh who can tell
How guilty is this nation.

O then unbind, &c.

Robb'd is the slave from birth to the grave,
Of all in life endearing;
Suff'ring and grief, without relief,
The future is appearing.

O then unbind, &c.

Crush'd is the soul by man's control,
The tenderest ties are riven;
Darkness like night shuts out the light,
That points the way to heaven.

O then unbind, &c.

O come unite with zeal and might,
The captive to deliver;
Sorrow shall cease and joy and peace,
Shall reign on earth forever!

O then unbind, &c.