Monday, August 01, 2011

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Written by James Weldon Johnson. Music by John Rosamond Johnson. It was also known as the Black National (American) Anthem. In these uncertain and dark times, it is important to keep the light glowing and the vibes of positive energy. This song got Black Americans through the worst periods of Jim Crow Segregation, lynchings and wholescale human rights violations. Presently, the vast majority of the peoples of the world are facing similiar and in many ways much worse indignities than Blacks faced during most of the 20th Century. Text followed by video perfomance from Metropolitan Baptist Church, USA

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening 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.

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 our fathers 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.

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. 

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