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Ballads and Lyrics of Socialism 1883-1908 . Nesbit, E. (Edith), 1858–1924.
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All in All

  • WHEN all the night is horrible with clamour
  • Of voiceless curses darker than the night,
  • When light of sun there is not, neither starshine,
  • Nor any beacon on the hill of Right,
  • Shine, O thou Light of Life, upon our pathway—
  • Freedom, be thou our light!
  • Since all life’s ways are difficult and dreary,
  • And false steps echo through eternity,
  • And there is naught to lean on as we journey
  • By paths not smooth as downward paths would be,
  • We have no other help—we need no other;
  • Freedom, we lean on thee!
  • The slave’s base murmur and the threats of tyrants,
  • The voice of cowards who cringe and cry ‘Retreat,’
  • The whisper of the world, ‘Come where power calls thee!’
  • The whisper of the flesh, ‘Let life be sweet.’
  • Since all these with thy divine commanding;
  • Guide thou thy children’s feet!
  • For thee, for thee we bear the cross, the banner,
  • For thee are all our battles fought and won;
  • For thee was every prayer we ever uttered,
  • For thee has every deed of ours been done;
  • To thee we press—to thee, triumphant splendour,
  • O Freedom, lead us on!
  • Where thou shalt lead we do not fear to follow.
  • Thou hast our hearts; we follow them in thee.
  • Spirit of Light, whatever thou shalt show us,
  • Strong in the faith, we shall not fear to see;
  • We reach to thee through all the waves of darkness
  • Of all the days to be.
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