that governments long established
should not be changed for light and transient causes;
and accordingly all experience hath shown
that mankind are more disposed to suffer,
while evils are sufferable,
than to right themselves
by abolishing the forms
to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations,
pursuing invariably the same object
evinces a design to reduce them
under absolute despotism,
it is their right,
it is their duty,
to throw off such government,
and to provide new guards
for their future security.
"A Time for Choosing"
October 27, 1964
--Such has been the patient sufferance
of these colonies;
and such is now the necessity
which constrains them to alter
their former systems of government.
The history of the present King of Great Britain
is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations,
all having in direct object
the establishment of an absolute tyranny
over these states.
To prove this,
let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Performed by Acapella