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Once to Every Man and Nation

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1 Once to ev'ry man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth and falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision,
Off'ring each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever
'Twixt that darkness and that light.

2 Then to side with truth is noble,
When we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And 'tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses
While the coward stands aside.
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied.

3 By the light of burning martyrs,
Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv'ries ever
With the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties,
Ancient values test our youth;
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.

4 Tho' the cause of evil prosper,
Yet the truth alone is strong;
Tho' her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above His own.

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #538

Author: James Russell Lowell

Lowell, James Russell, LL.D., was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 22, 1819; graduated at Harvard College, 1838, and was called to the Bar in 1840. Professor of Modern Languages and Literature (succeeding the Poet Longfellow) in Harvard, 1855; American Minister to Spain, also to England in 1881. He was editor of the Atlantic Monthly, from 1857 to 1862; and of the North American Review from 1863 to 1872. Professor Lowell is the most intellectual of American poets, and first of her art critics and humorists. He has written much admirable moral and sacred poetry, but no hymns. One piece, “Men, whose boast it is that ye" (Against Slavery), is part of an Anti-Slavery poem, and in its present form is found in Hymns of the Spirit, 18… Go to person page >



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Christian Science Hymnal #258
Hymns of the Living Church #335Page Scan
The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940 #519Page Scan
A Calendar of Hymns #d46
A Hymnal for Friends #82
A Hymnal for Friends #82
A Hymnal for Joyous Youth #d185
A School Service Book #d130
A Selection of New Social Hymns #d17
A Treasury of Hymns, the Best-Loved Hymns, Carols ... #d191
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #465
American Church and Church School Hymnal #d249
American Church and Church School Hymnal #d249
American Junior Church School Hymnal #d138
American Student Hymnal #d255
At Worship, a hymnal for young churchmen #d217
Australian Hymn Book #499
Baptist Hymnal 1956 #418
Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d326
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #470TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #538TextFlexscorePage Scan
Christian Hymnways #d135
Christian Praise #d276
Christian Song #d263
Christian Worship and Praise #d344
Christian Worship, a Hymnal. Special ed. #d353
Christian Worship: a hymnal #558
Christian Youth Chapbook #d34
Christian Youth Hymnal #291
Church Hymns and Services, Published under License of the Church Pension Fund #d193
Church Service Hymns #d251
Columbia University Hymnal #169Page Scan
Common Praise (1998) #587
E. A. C. C. Hymnal #80
For God and Country: Hymns for use in War Time #21Page Scan
Gospel Hymnal #d256
Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #416Page Scan
Hymnal for Christian Worship #d217
Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #d251
Hymnal for Colleges and Schools. 3rd ed. #d250
Hymnal of the Church of God #241
Hymnbook for Christian Worship #247
Hymns and Songs #d26
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #455Text
Hymns for Creative Living #149
Hymns for the Celebration of Life #d183
Hymns for the Living Age #370Page Scan
Hymns for the Living Church #463Text
Hymns for Today #d189
Hymns for Worship #d153
Hymns from the Four Winds: A Collection of Asian American Hymns #82
Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #62Page Scan
Hymns of Devotion #d168
Hymns of Faith and Life #d375
Hymns of Fellowship #d118
Hymns of the Christian Life #d329
Hymns of the Christian Life #d327
Hymns of the Kingdom of God #d326
Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #319
Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #320
Hymns of the Widening Kingdom #d71
Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d237
Junior Youth Hymnal #d132
Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #403Page Scan
Mirfield Mission Hymn Book #103
New Worship and Song, with Worship Services and Source Materials #d114
Pilgrim Hymnal #441
Rejoice Hymns #672
Select Hymns and Carols #d51
Selected Hymns and Carols. 3rd, 4th, and 5th ed. #d52
Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #547TextPage Scan
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #605
Sing Joyfully #607TextPage Scan
Sing to the Lord: Hymns and Resources for Worship in Homes and Churches #d183
Sing! Hymnal for Youth and Adults #5
Social Hymns of Brotherhood and Aspiration #d74
Songs for Men, the Salvation Army Official Song Book #d149
Songs for the Sunday School #148Page Scan
Songs for Worship #d143
Songs for Worship and Fellowship #d130
Songs for Young and Old #d115
Songs of Life #80Page Scan
Songs of praise : enlarged edition #309
Songs of Praise for Schools: A Book of Worship for High Schools #d80
Standard Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #d231
The Abingdon Hymnal: a Book of Worship for Youth #d195
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d329
The American Hymnal #d459
The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d299
The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d298
The Army and Navy Hymnal #148Page Scan
The Australian Hymn Book with Catholic Supplement #499
The Beacon Hymnal #d173
The Beacon Song and Service book #115
The Best Loved Hymns and Prayers of the American People #d266
The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #651
The Canadian Youth Hymnal #196
The Canyon Hymnal #d70
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #733TextPage Scan
The Century Hymnal #297Page Scan


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