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Thread #14921   Message #2877277
Posted By: Young Buchan
01-Apr-10 - 07:49 AM
Thread Name: Atheist Hymns
Subject: ADD: When Wilt Thou Save the People (Elliott)
There's a hymn by Ebenezer Elliott which even as an atheist I rather like since though it mentions God its main line seems to be giving him a good telling off.

(Ebenezer Elliott)

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 are they,
Let them not pass like weeds away:
Their heritage, a sunless day.
God save the people

Shall crime bring crime forever
Strength aiding still the strong?
Is it thy will, o Father,
That men shall toil for wrong?
'No' say the mountains, 'no' the skies;
Men's clouded sun shall brightly rise
And songs be heard instead of sighs.
God save the people.

Words: Ebenezer Elliott, 1850
Music: Kendal

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