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113. Lift Every Voice and Sing

1 Lift every voice and sing,
till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty;
let our rejoicing rise,
high as the listening skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us,
sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun
of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.

2 Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chastening rod,
felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet,
come to the place
for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered,
we have come, treading our path
thro' the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

3 God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast by thy might,
led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places,
our God, where we meet thee,
lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand,
may we forever stand,
true to our God, true to our native land.

Text Information
First Line: Lift every voice and sing
Title: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Author: James Weldon Johnson
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Topic: Living the Faith: Black History/Liberation; Burdens; Commitment and Submission (12 more...)
Copyright: © 1921 Edward B. Marks Music Co.
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: J. Rosamond Johnson
Meter: Irregular
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: © 1921 Edward B. Marks Music Co.

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