Patriotic Songs

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.

Daniel B. Warner
April 19, 1815 – December 1, 1880

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!

All Hail Liberia Hail!

The Lone Star Forever
by Edward J. Barclay

President 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!