What the Founders knew … For the most part, we have forgotten
Posted By: Errol Phillips
The war for Independence lasted a full eight years. Many heroes forged in those years have nearly been forgotten; the songs that gave them courage all but lost to memory.
“Chester” is one such song. It was second in popularity only to “Yankee Doodle” and underscores the founder’s realization that the only way that they would win liberty, for themselves and future generations, was by the grace of God.
Let tyrants shake their iron rod
And slav’ry clank her galling chains
We fear them not; we trust in God
New England’s God forever reigns.
Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton, too,
With Prescott and Cornwallis joined,
Together plot our overthrow,
In one infernal league combined.
When God inspired us for the fight
Their ranks were broke; their lines were forced
Their ships were shattered in our sight
Or swiftly driven from our shore.
The foe comes on with haughty stride
Our troops advance with martial noise
Their veterans flee before our youth
and generals yield to beardless boys.
What grateful off’ring shall we bring,
What shall we render to the Lord?
Loud hallelujahs let us sing,
And praise his name on ev’ry chord!