964. Lift Every Voice and Sing

1 Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty.
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies;
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun
Of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

2 Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which parents sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

3 God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might
Led us into the light;
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee;
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land.

Text Information
First Line: Lift ev'ry voice and sing
Title: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Author: James Weldon Johnson, 1871-1938
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: Peculiar meter
Scripture: Exodus 15:1-21; Psalm 85:1-7
Topic: Nation and National Songs
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: LIFT EVERY VOICE
Composer: J. Rosamond Johnson, 1873-1954
Meter: Peculiar meter
Key: G Major or modal



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