1 God made all his creatures free;
Life itself is liberty;
God ordained no other bands
Than united hearts and hands.
2 Sin the primal charter broke:--
Sin, itself earth's heaviest yoke;
Tyranny with sin began,
Man o'er brute, and man o'er man.
3 But a better day shall be;
Life again be liberty;
And the wide world's only bands
Love-knit hearts and love-linked hands.
4 So shall every slavery cease,
All God's children dwell in peace,
And the new-born earth record
Love, and Love alone, is Lord.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #797
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God made all His creatures free. J. Montgomery. [Freedom.] This hymn is No. iv. of his "Songs on the Abolition of Negro Slavery, in the British Colonies, Aug. 1,1834." It is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Slavery that is not." These "Songs" were published in his Poet's Portfolio, 1835. As given in Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1848, and other American collections, it is composed of stanzas i., ii., v., vi., slightly altered. It is not in common use in Great Britain.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)