The two songs that stir up patriotism in every Liberian’s heart are the national anthem, All Hail Liberia Hail! and The Lone Star Forever. Both songs were written by two Liberian presidents.
President Daniel B. Warner wrote Liberia’s National Anthem and the music was written by Olmstead Luca.
President Edward J. Barclay wrote both the lyric and music to The Lone Star Forever.
“All Hail, Liberia, Hail!” is the national anthem of Liberia, lyrics written by President Daniel Bashiel Warner (1815-1880, 3rd president of Liberia) and music by Olmstead Luca (1826-1869). It became the official national anthem in 1847.
All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!) All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!) This glorious land of liberty, Shall long be ours. Though new her name, Great be her fame, And mighty be her powers, And mighty be her powers. In joy and gladness, With our hearts united, We’ll shout the freedom, Of a race benighted. Long live Liberia, happy land! A home of glorious liberty, By God’s command! A home of glorious liberty, By God’s command!
All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!) All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!) In union strong success is sure. We cannot fail! With God above, Our rights to prove, We will o’er all prevail, We will o’er all prevail! With heart and hand our country’s cause defending, We’ll meet the foe with valour unpretending. Long live Liberia, happy land! A home of glorious liberty, By God’s command! A home of glorious liberty, By God’s command!
The Lone Star Forever by Edward J. Barclay
When freedom raised her glowing form On Montserrado’s verdant height, She set within the doom of night, ‘Mist low ring skies and thunderstorm The star of liberty And seizing from the waking morn, Its burnished shield of golden flame She lifted in her proud name And roused a people long forlorn To noble destiny
Then speeding in her course Along the broad Atlantic’s golden strand She woke reverberant thro’ the land A nation loud triumphant song The song of liberty And o’er Liberia’s altar fires She wide the Lone Star flag unfurled Proclaimed to an expectant world The birth for Africa sons and sires The birth of liberty!
Then forward! Sons of freedom march! Defend the sacred heritage! The nations call from age to age Wherever it sounds ‘neath heavens arch Wherever foes assail Be ever ready to obey ‘Gainst treads on and rebellions front ‘Gainst foul aggression in the brunt Of battle lay the hero’s way All hail! Lone Star, all hail!
Chorus The Lone Star forever! The Lone Star forever! O long may it float over land and over sea Desert it, no never! Uphold it, forever! O shout for the Lone Star banner, All hail!