The Liberty Bell


Ring loud that hallowed Bell!

Ring it long, ring it long;

Through the wide world let it tell

That Freedom's strong:

That the whole world shall be free —

The mighty crowd, the mighty crowd —

That the proud shall bend the knee,

The haughty proud.


Ring, ring the mighty Bell,

In the storm, in the storm!

Brothers! It shall herald well

Fair Freedom's form.

Ring it Southward, till its voice

For slavery toll, for slavery toll;

And Freedom's wakening touch rejoice

Both limb and soul.


Ring it o'er the negro's grave!

Ring it deep, ring it deep;

Its tones are sacred to the slave,

In Freedom's sleep.

Ring it, till its startling tones

Thrill young and old, young and old;

Till despots tremble on their thrones,

And their blood run cold.


Ring it, till the slave be free,

Wherever chained, wherever chained;

Till Universal Liberty

For aye be gained.

Ring it, till the young arise

To Freedom's fight, to Freedom's fight;

Spring gladly toward the kindling skies,

All clothed in light.


Ring it, till the bonds of sect

Be torn away, be torn away;

Till every man, as God's elect,

Kneel down to pray.

Ring it, till the world have heard,

And felt, at length, and felt, at length;

Till every living soul be stirred,

And clothed with strength.


– Text of sonnet "The Liberty Bell" by H.R.H. Moore

William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery publication The Liberator reprinted a Boston abolitionist pamphlet containing a poem about the Bell, entitled, The Liberty Bell, which represents the first documented use of the name, "Liberty Bell."