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[373] And now the aisles of the ancient church
     By equal feet are trod,
And the bell that swings in its belfry rings
     Freedom to worship God!

And now whenever a wrong is done
     It thrills the conscious walls;
The stone from the basement cries aloud
     And the beam from the timber calls.

There are steeple-houses on every hand,
     And pulpits that bless and ban,
And the Lord will not grudge the single church
     That is set apart for man.

For in two commandments are all the law
     And the prophets under the sun,
And the first is last and the last is first,
     And the twain are verily one.

So, long as Boston shall Boston be,
     And her bay-tides rise and fall,
Shall freedom stand in the Old South Church
     And plead for the rights of all!

1877.

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