Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lift Every Voice

This is one of my favorite songs about uplift. I've been singing it all day in honor of President Obama

Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)

Lift every voice and sing,
'Til 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 'til 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 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,
'Til 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 has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has 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.

5 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

Isn't it nice to say President Obama? Rolls off the tongue!

Ello said...

BEautiful. And I agree with Carleen. I love how President Obama sounds. Music to my ears!

Shauna Roberts said...

Amen!

sherlonya said...

Hey, Karen, I didn't know you had a blog. Now I can stalk you, you know, in a non-dangerous, friendly way.

Carleen Brice said...

Karen, I hope you still do your blog post on books white people should like. Would love to link to it on the new blog!