Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
James Weldon Johnson
Lift ev'ry 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,
Kept us march on till victory is won. Stony
the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning 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 signed?
We have come over a way
Out from the gloomy past.
that with tears has been watered;
We have come, treading our path
thro' the blood of the slaughtered.
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of
our bright star is cast.
God of our wary 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,
Least our hearts, drunk with the wine of the
we forget Thee.
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land