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Fifty-Six Heroes
Darrell Arnold

It happened in 1776,
When Hancock put plume to the page,
Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams in turn,
And 52 others, great men of the age.

Sweet independence from burdensome rule
By British oppressors afar,
Heavy taxation, unfair and unjust,
All promised to fight for that bright freedom star.

Each to the other did solemnly pledge
His fortune, his honor, his life,
And, oh, how they suffered, great hardship indeed,
But solid they stood through the pain and the strife.

Some went to prison, nine patriots died.
Redcoats burned their homes in the night.
John Hart lost his children, and others their wives,
Yet liberty’s promise kept all in the fight.

Reliance on God gave them strength to endure,
Their shoulders in righteousness clad.
Not one ever weakened, not one broke his word,
Though many lost every last thing that they had.

Fifty-six men put it all on the line,
Their names and the lives that they knew.
Declaring their God-given right to live free,
Fifty-six heroes, brave men strong and true.

© by Darrell Arnold.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Darrell Arnold has been writing poetry for more than forty years. He was an associate editor at Western Horseman magazine for five years, then launched his own publication, Cowboy Magazine, which ran for nearly eighteen years. Poetry, primarily cowboy poetry, was an integral part of both publications. In the early ‘90s, Darrell started turning his poetry into songs and has now had more than 20 poems recorded by various western singers; two of them have earned song-of-the-year" awards from Western Writers of America and the Western Music Association. Darrell continues to write poetry and has extended an open invitation to cowboy singers everywhere to team up with him to make more memorable songs. For details and special pricing on his books, contact him at P. O. Box 3097, Colorado City, AZ 86021.




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