These things shall be, a loftier race

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1 These things shall be: a loftier race
Than e'er the world hath known shall rise
With flame of freedom in their souls,
And light of knowledge in their eyes.

2 They shall be gentle, brave, and strong,
To spill no drop of blood, but dare
All that may plant man's lordship firm
On earth, and fire, and sea, and air.

3 Nation with nation, land with land,
Inarmed shall live as comrades free;
In every heart and brain shall throb
The pulse of one fraternity.

4 New arts shall bloom of loftier mould,
And mightier music thrill the skies,
And every life shall be a song,
When all the earth is paradise.

Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #560

Author: John Addington Symonds

Symonds, John Addington, M.A., s. of J. A. Symonds, b. at Bristol, Oct. 5, 1840; educated at Harrow, and Balliol College, Oxford, B.A. (double first) 1862, and Fellow of Magdalen 1862. Wrote extensively, especially on the History of the Italian Renaissance, and also published various volumes of verse. Died at home, April 19, 1893. His Life, by Horatio Brown, was published in 1895. His hymn: "These things shall be! a loftier race" (A Regenerated World), in The Methodist Hymn Book, 1901, is from his New and Old, a volume of verse by John Addington Symonds, 1880, p. 225. It begins with st. iv. of "Sad heart, what will the future bring?" a poem entitled "A Vista." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplem… Go to person page >


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