WHY SHOULD WE IDLY WASTE OUR PRIME
WHY should we idly waste our prime Repeating our oppressions? Come rouse to arms! ’Tis now the time To punish past transgressions. ’Tis said that Kings can do no wrong — Their murderous deeds deny it, And, since from us their power is sprung, We have a right to try it. Now each true patriots song shall be: ‘Welcome Death or Libertie!’
Proud Priests and Bishops well translate And canonise as Martyrs; The guillotine on Peers shall wait; And Knights shall hang in garters. Those Despots long have trode us down, And Judges are their engines: Such wretched minions of a Crown Demand the peoples vengeance! To-day ’tis theirs. To-morrow we Shall don the Cap of Libertie!
The Golden Age we’ll then revive: Each man will be a brother; In harmony we all shall live, And share the earth together; In Virtue train’d, enlighten’d Youth Will love each fellow-creature; And future years shall prove the truth That Man is good by nature: Then let us toast with three times three The reign of Peace and Libertie!