Saturday, March 20, 2010

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right,
And the choice goes by forever, ‘twixt that darkness and that light.

Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party thou shalt stand,
Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust against our land?
Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ‘tis Truth alone is strong,
And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her throng
Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from all wrong.

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old system and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne-
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ‘tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside,
Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified,
And the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.


Once to every man and nation,
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood,
For the good or evil side,
Some great cause,
Some great decision,
Off’ring each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
Twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble,
When we share her wretched crust
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
And `tis prosp`rous to be just;
Then it is the brave man who chooses
While the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied.

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
Keeping watch above His own.
I love this song.... It was my favorite for a while, probably partially because of the melody (O, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus has the same one). I was even going to write a novel using it, even though the story-line I had did not really have anything to do with these words. :)
iIteresting how the verses have changed... I read somewhere that it was actually written to protest the war over Texas, because the author was afraid that adding the territory would merely enlarge the slavery area.

What's your favorite song?

3 thoughts shared:

Jessica said...

This is beautiful! I have never heard of this song sadly. Oh my favorite? Well I have lots but two that are coming to my mind are Just as I am, and It is well with my soul.

Jessica said...

Oh yeah you have been tagged...that's why I came over here earlier. :) Miss you!

Merriette said...

Lovely song! Seems well appropriate at this time.
My favorite song is 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing' because it so often says exactly what my heart is crying. The lyrics are so personal to me, and I love the tune as well.

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