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634. To Us All, to Every Nation

1 To us all, to every nation
comes the moment to decide,
in the strife of truth with falsehood,
for the good or evil side;
some great cause, God's new endeavor,
offering each the bloom or blight,
and the choice goes by forever;
'twixt that darkness and that light.

2 By the light of burning martyrs,
Jesus' bleeding feet I track,
toiling up new Calvaries ever
with the cross that turns not back;
new occasions teach new duties,
time makes ancient good uncouth;
they must upward still and onward,
who would keep abreast of truth.

3 Though the cause of evil prosper,
yet 'tis truth alone is strong,
truth forever on the scaffold,
wrong forever on the throne.
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
and, behind the dim unknown,
God is standing in the shadow
keeping watch beside God's own.

Text Information
First Line: To us all, to every nation
Title: To Us All, to Every Nation
Adapter: W. Garrett Horder
Author: James Russell Lowell (1845)
Publication Date: 1995
Meter: 87.87D
Topic: God's Church: Life of Discipleship: Conflict and Perseverance; Commitment; Conflict (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas J. Williams (1890)
Meter: 87.87D
Key: f minor

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