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638. 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 people sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered,
we have come, treading our path
through 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 met 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 (1921)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: The Church on Mission: Perserverance; Adversity; Guidance (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: J. Rosamond Johnson (1921)
Meter: Irregular
Key: G Major

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