1 It is not fair that grief should so abound,
That want and degradation should ev'rywhere be found:
Arm for the fight- our banners wide unfurled!
It is not fair that rum should rule the world,
It is not fair that rum should rule the world.
2 It is not fair that rum should blot out lives;
It is not fair the demon should rob our babes and wives;
No, 'tis not fair so many to enslave,
It is not far, rise up, O men, to save,
It is not fair, rise up, O men, to save.
3 It is not fair that rum should smite the will,
Should palsy soul and body- should blast and blight and kill;
Rise, men, for war! put down this monster foe,
It is not fair that wrong should triumph so,
it is not fair that wrong should triumph so.
4 It cannot be that God's own work should fail,
That soldiers should be cowards- should falter, shirk and quail;
Dare, men, arise! your faith and strength renew,
And ye shall win- for God will be with you,
And ye shall win- for God will be with you.
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >
Display Title: It Is Not FairFirst Line: It is not fair that grief should so aboundTune Title: [It is not fair that grief should so abound]Author: Mrs. Frank A. BreckDate: 1916Subject: Patriotic and Temperance |