Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics
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.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Lift Every Voice and Sing", John Rosamond Johnson (August 11, 1873-November 11, 1954), was born in Jacksonville, Florida, United States and became famous as a musician and composer of over 200 songs.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 to June 26, 1938)
Nationality of Author: American
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John Rosamond Johnson (August 11, 1873 to November 11, 1954)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Lift every voice and sing, Till earth and Heaven ring"
First Publication Date: 1899