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Go Forward, Allen's Youth

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1 Go forward, Allen's youth!
The future beckons you.
You've got to have "know-how" and faith
And the strength to follow through.

2 You never will be free
Unless you play your part;
So, get your "input in the pad"
Right from the very start.

3 Freedom is worth the price,
No matter what the cost;
So,"hang in there" and "do your thing,"
Or freedom will be lost.

4 You have expressed your plight
In many different ways;
So, press right on and "dig in" now,
And take the other phase.

5 That phase, that worthy stance,
Is competence in work;
So, come on in, the time is now!
"Get with it," do not shirk!

6 The Lord is on your side,
All captives are set free;
And in His strength you'll overcome;
March on to victory!

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #586

Author: William R. Wilkes

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Text Information

First Line: Go forward, Allen's youth!
Title: Go Forward, Allen's Youth
Author: William R. Wilkes
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #586

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