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Potter, R. K., editor; Aikman, J. H. 'Take the Pledge' in 'The Boston Temperance Songster; A Collection of Songs and Hymns for Temperance Societies. Original and Selected' . Boston: White and Potter, 1846. [format: book], [genre: song]. Permission: Newberry Library
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Take the Pledge.

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BY J. H. AIKMAN.
TUNE — All is well.

Bring forth your bands, and sound the watchword high,
Take the pledge — take the pledge!
Let earth through all its regions hear the cry,
Take the pledge — take the pledge!
Let every voice join in the sound,
And every heart with rapture bound,
As full and clear the shout goes round
Take the pledge — take the pledge!

Too long have chains the slumbering world held fast,
Take the pledge — take the pledge;
For deep in woe have many hearts been cast,
Take the pledge — take the pledge.
The clouds have hung for many years,
And joy was steeped in bitter tears,
But clouds have gone — the pledge appears,
Take that pledge — take that pledge.

Bright joy has come to hearts once filled with woe,
Take the pledge — take the pledge;
And every soul that hears, that joy may know
Take the pledge — take the pledge.
The shield is broad, there is a home
For all who now in sadness roam;
Then leave the tempter, freely come,
Take the pledge — take the pledge.

Come one and all, who love our favored land,
Take the pledge — take the pledge;
It spreads a radiance round on ev'ry hand,
Take the pledge — the pledge.
It gives bright joy where e'er it goes,
It stays all want, and wealth bestows,
It heals the deepest, darkest woes,
Take the pledge — take the pledge.

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Potter, R. K., editor; Aikman, J. H. 'Take the Pledge' in 'The Boston Temperance Songster; A Collection of Songs and Hymns for Temperance Societies. Original and Selected' . Boston: White and Potter, 1846. [format: book], [genre: song]. Permission: Newberry Library
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=bosto15.html
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