Men whose boast it is, that ye

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1. Men! whose boast it is that ye come of fathers brave and free,
If there breathe on earth a slave, are ye truly free and brave?
If ye do not feel the chain, when it works a brother's pain,
Are ye not base slaves indeed, slaves unworthy to be freed?
Are ye not base slaves indeed, slaves unworthy to be freed?

2, Women! who shall one day bear, sons to breathe New England air,
If ye hear, without a blush, deeds to make the roused blood rush
Like red lava through your veins, for your sisters now in chains —
Answer! are ye fit to be mothers of the brave and free?
Answer! are ye fit to be mothers of the brave and free?

3. Is true Freedom but to break fetters for our own dear sake,
And, with leathern hearts, forget that we owe mankind a debt?
No! true Freedom is to share all the chains our brothers wear,
And, with heart and hand, to be earnest to make others free!
And, with heart and hand, to be earnest to make others free!

4. They are slaves who fear to speak for the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink from the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be in the right with two or three.
They are slaves who dare not be in the right with two or three.

Source: TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #529

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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First Line: Men whose boast it is, that ye
Author: James Russell Lowell

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SALZBURG (Hintze)

The tune SALZBURG, named after the Austrian city made famous by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was first published anonymously in the nineteenth edition of Praxis Pietatis Melica (1678); in that hymnbook's twenty-fourth edition (1690) the tune was attributed to Jakob Hintze (b. Bernau, Germany, 1622; d. B…

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ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR (Elvey)

George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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