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Detail of 1908 Saint-Gaudens $20 Walking Liberty gold coin.

The Liberty Tree – A Song by Thomas Paine (1775)

"In a chariot of light from the regions of the day,
   The Goddess of Liberty came,
Ten thousand celestials directed her way,
   And hither conducted the dame.
A fair budding branch from the gardens above,
   Where millions with millions agree,
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
   and the plant she named Liberty Tree."

"The celestial exotic stuck deep in the ground,
   Like a native it flourished and bore;
The fame of its fruit drew the nations around
   To seek out this peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinctions they came,
   For freemen like brothers agree;
With one Spirit endued, they one friendship pursued,
   And their temple was Liberty Tree.

"But hear, O ye swains ('tis a tale most profane),
   How all the tyrannical powers,
Kings, Commons, and Lords, are uniting amain
   To cut down this guardian of ours.
From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms,
   Thro' the land let the sound of it flee:
Let the far and the near all unite with a cheer,
In defense of our Liberty Tree."

Ben Franklin and Liberty.

"Where Liberty dwells, there is my country." – Benjamin Franklin

Franklin and Liberty

"Where Liberty is not, there is mine." – Thomas Paine