When wilt thou save the people?

When wilt thou save the people?

Author: Ebenezer Elliott (1850)
Tune: COMMONWEALTH
Published in 109 hymnals

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When wilt thou save the people?
O God of mercy, when?
Not kings and lords, but nations!
Not thrones and crowns, but men!
Flowers of thy heart, O God, are they;
Let them not pass, like weeds, away,
Their heritage a sunless day.
God save the people!

Shall crime bring crime for ever,
Strength aiding still the strong?
Is it thy will, O Father,
That man shall toil for wrong?
"No," say thy mountains; "No," thy skies;
Man's clouded sun shall brightly rise,
And songs be heard instead of sighs;
God save the people!

When wilt thou save the people?
O God of mercy, when?
The people, Lord, the people,
Not thrones and crowns, but men!
God save the people; thine they are,
Thy children, as thy angels fair;
From vice, oppression, and despair,
God save the people!

Amen.

Author: Ebenezer Elliott

Elliott, Ebenezer, commonly known as the "Corn Law Rhymer," was born near Rotherham, Yorkshire, 1781, and died at Barnsley, in the same county, in 1849. The greater part of his life was spent in Sheffield, where he was engaged in the iron trade, and it was in a Sheffield newspaper that many of his poetical pieces first appeared. He published:— (1) Night, a Descriptive Poem, 1818. (2) The Village Patriarch, 1829. (3) Corn Law Rhymes, 1831. (4) Poems, 1834 ; and (5) More Prose and Verse, 1850. A piece or two from these works have been adapted as hymns in some Unitarian Collections. They include "Another year is swallowed by the sea," for the old and new year. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When wilt thou save the people?
Author: Ebenezer Elliott (1850)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.8.8.8.5
Language: English

Notes

When wilt Thou save the people? E. Elliott. [National Hymn.] From his More Verse and Prose, 1850, i., p. 80, into the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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The Cyber Hymnal #7731
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Small Church Music #1929
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Small Church Music #1929Audio
Small Church Music #3196Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #7731TextScoreAudio
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #292
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