Today such men as Jefferson,
As Hancock, Clark and Lee,
As Franklin, Chase, and Livingston
Stand out in history.
Such men as Rutledge, Wythe, and Floyd,
As Adams, Hall, and Stone
With England’s methods were annoyed
And let the fact be known.
Such men had courage to declare
The things for which they stood —
The things which they’d no longer bear —
The things of greatest good.
Such men had courage to defy
A mighty potent power
And sign their names to justify
Our nation’s natal hour.
Ofttimes we’re prone to pause and ask,
Does courage really pay?
The men who shunned this daring task
We don’t recall today.
We celebrate because this land
By voice, by deed, by pen
Was given life and freedom’s brand
By such courageous men.