Ebenezer Elliott

(17 March 1781 – 1 December 1849 / Yorkshire / England)

The People's Anthem - Poem by Ebenezer Elliott

When wilt Thou save the people?
O God of mercy! when?
Not kings and lords, but nations!
Not thrones and crowns, but men!
Flowers of Thy heart, O God, are they!
Let them not pass, like weeds, away!
Their heritage a sunless day!
God save the people!

Shall crime bring crime for ever,
Strength aiding still the strong?
Is it Thy will, O Father!
That man shall toil for wrong?
'No!' say Thy mountains; 'No!' Thy skies;
'Man's clouded sun shall brightly rise,
And songs be heard instead of sighs.'
God save the people!

When whilt 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 they are;
Thy children, as Thy angels fair;
Save them from bondage and despair!
God save the people!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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