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Songs for the People

Let me make the songs for the people,
Songs for the old and young;
Songs that stir like a battle-cry
Wherever they are sung.
Not for the clashing of sabres,
For carnage nor for strife;
But for the songs to thrill the hearts of men
With more abundant life.
Let me make the songs for the weary,
Amid life’s fever and fret,
Till hearts shall relax their tension,
And careworn brows forget.
Let me sing for the little children,
Before their footsteps stray,
Sweet anthems of love and duty,
To float o’er life’s highway.
I would sing for the poor and aged,
When shadows dim their sight;
Of the bright and restful mansions,
Where there shall be no night.
Our world, so worn and weary,
Needs music, pure and strong,
To hush the jangle and discords
Of sorrow, pain, and wrong.
Music to soothe all the sorrow,
Till war and crime shall cease;
And the hearts of men grown tender
Girdle the world with peace.
Frances E. W. Harper (1895)
As we celebrate the life and resurrection of the prince of Peace
 let us all sing songs for the people.
About tenthltr2u (1074 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

4 Comments on Songs for the People

  1. May the peace and blessing of the season be with you.
    That’s great poetry. People don’t write like that anymore do they?
    We’ve become hard, not graceful like that.
    Peace and Love, Lori


  2. Very nice space you have here! 


  3. Really?  What part have you visited?  And…I believe you are the first man to have ever told me that you would vote for Oprah for President!  That is really cool.   Happy Easter. 


  4. The peaceful revolution compels my heart to share abilities or resources that assist and inspire my Brothers and Sisters in this world.  May our awareness, kindness and compassion be a Light in the darkness.
    Living the peaceful revolution,
    Sister Cat


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