Monday, 2 February 2009

A Chartist Hymn

God save our Gracious Queen. Why?

God bless America. Why?

God save the people - YES.

See this 19th Century Chartist Hymn (below).

And if you care for working people, please do your own research on Chartism.


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:
O God, save the people!

Shall crime bring crime forever,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 ascend, instead of sighs:
O 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 Thine angels fair:
From vice, oppression, and despair,
O God, save the people

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