James Weldon Johnson

(1871-1938 / Florida/United States)

Lift Every Voice And Sing - Poem by 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,
Let 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 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.

Comments about Lift Every Voice And Sing by James Weldon Johnson

  • Gold Star - 13,715 Points Susan Williams (10/23/2015 8:31:00 PM)

    wouldn't it be wonderful if this was still the majority opinion in America? I miss the America that tried to be a good and moral country. I think I will share this on Facebook and see what it any comments it stimulates. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 185 Points Janice Jolan (10/23/2015 4:03:00 PM)

    an act of heroism i love this work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 185 Points Janice Jolan (10/23/2015 4:02:00 PM)

    nice work. an act of heroism! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,883 Points Edward Kofi Louis (10/23/2015 6:12:00 AM)

    Out from the gloomy past to face the truth about life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,216 Points Kinyua Karanja (10/23/2015 4:40:00 AM)

    Awesome, this is nationalistic song and a prayer within it, Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anais Simmons (3/1/2007 1:51:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this song! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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