Give Me Liberty, Patrick Henry
1. They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall
2. we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed,
3. and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution
4. and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and
5. hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemy shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we
6. are not weak, if we make a proper use of those forces which the God of nature hath placed in our
7. power. Three millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which
8. we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
9. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies
10. of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong
11. alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base
12. enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in
13. submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of
14. Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
15. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace — but there is no peace. The
16. war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of
17. resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that
18. gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the
19. price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as
20. for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Henry, Patrick. "Give Me Liberty!" Richmond, Virginia. 23 Mar. 1775. History.org. Web. 23 Aug. 2016.
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