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Ride Sybil Ride!
Your sister Nox at your side
Drive the shadows from the night
From midnight to the twilight  

Spurn your strong ebony steed  
Across the pilgrim colony
Forty miles from the sea
Fly at freedom’s speed
Ride Sybil Ride!
With your quirt at you side
From village to every farm
Sound liberty’s loud alarm  

The roadway agent thieves
Fight them courageously
Strike down the highway men
Stomp them with your steed  

Ride Sybil Ride
Across the moonless sky
On a race against tyranny
Young brave equestrienne
May your name and deeds
Forever remembered be
In our nation’s memory
Ride Sybil Ride - Ride into History
Written by snugglebuck
Author's Note
On the night of April 26, 1777, Colonel Henry Ludington, father of 12, veteran of the French-Indian War, and commander of the militia in Duchess County, New York, (just across the state line from Danbury, Connecticut) received a messenger to his house. The British had entered Danbury and found some American military stores, stolen some, destroyed others and drank the whiskey. Drunk, they began ransacking the town, burning and looting.

Col. Ludington's militia, some 400 men, was on furlough. Whether the colonel asked his oldest daughter or the 16-year-old bravely volunteered is unknown, but around 9 p.m., she set off in the rain to warn the men.

She completed her mission around daybreak, covering nearly 40 miles—more than twice what Paul Revere had ridden—raising 400 men, and even fi
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