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J. W. Hobbs

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Song of the Captive Greek Firl
As sung by Mrs. Franklin
Poetry by Miss Pardoe
Music by J.W. Hobbs

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson 135 Washington Street

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Oh! the heart is a free and a fetterless thing,
A wave of the ocean, a bird on the wing;
A riderless steed o'er the desert plain bounding;
A peal of the storm o'er the valley resounding
A peal of the storm o'er the valley resounding.
It spurns at all bonds, and it mocks the decree
Of the world and its proud ones, and dares, dares to be free!
It dares to be bree! It dares to be free! It dares, it dares to be free!

Oh! the heart may be tamed by a smile or a tone,
From the eye or the lip of a beautiful one;
But the frown and the force with its impulse contending,
Ever find it as adamant, cold and unbending;
It may break, it may burst; but its tyrants will see,
That ev'n in ruin it dares to be free!
That ev'n in ruin it dares to be free!


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