May freedom speed onward, wherever the blood

May freedom speed onward, wherever the blood

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Published in 9 hymnals

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1 May freedom speed onward, wherever the blood
Of the wronged and the guiltless is crying to God;
Wherever from kindred, torn rudely apart,
Comes the sorrowful wait of the broken of heart.

2 Wherever the shackles of tyranny bind
In silence and darkness the God-given mind,
There, Lord, speed it onward! the truth shall be felt,
The bonds shall be loosened, the iron will melt.

3 Help us turn from the cavil of words, to unite
Once again for the poor in defense of the right,
Unappalled by the danger, the shame, or the pain,
And counting each trial for truth as our gain.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #800

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: May freedom speed onward, wherever the blood
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #582

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #582

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1017

Soldier's Friend #d42

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #800

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