Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.@John 8:32

Thomas L. Harris, Hymns of Spiritual Devotion (New York: New Church Publishing Association, 1857), number 45.

Plano, from Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy (Jackson, Minnesota: Pluma M. Brown, 1897) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas L. Harris (1823–1906)

Through midnight ages dark and lone,
Oppression triumphed o’er the free;
They set the watch, they rolled the stone,
Upon the grave of liberty;
When lo! the angels burst the gloom,
And Freedom rises from the tomb.

Robed in the sable veil of fear,
The mourners haste at early day,
But angels from a brighter sphere
Disperse their gloomy cares away;
Rejoice! O earth, rejoice! they cry
For Freedom lives, no more to die.

O Christ, our Savior! Thou who art
The Lord and ruler of the free,
Reveal to every human heart
The freedom that is found in Thee;
So shall the world’s last tyrant fall,
And love and light be all in all.