Sounding Childhood

"Liberty, love, and peace"

"Liberty, Love, and Peace" (Eddy #106)—words by Charles T. Brooke, set to Kellers’ “American Hymn”.  Written by Brooke specifically for the Bands of Mercy, this militant song encourages “marshal[ling] forth / Thy Bands of Mercy / o’er all the earth” (v.1) but for noble, peaceful purposes: “Conq’ring the world for the kingdom of above” and “Kindness to all the creatures of God!” (v. 1); and, more broadly, “Till war, oppression and hatred cease / In the reign of Liberty, Love, and Peace” (v. 2).  Sung to the very deliberate, steady tune of Kellers, the song can be very inspirational.

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