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The Black National Anthem by James Weldon Johnson

Song title: Lift ev'ry voice and sing

Also known as: The Black National Anthem

Also known as: The Negro National Anthem


Lift ev'ry voice and sing

Till earth and heaven ring.

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the list'ning skies

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on till victory is won.

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Stony the road we trod

Bitter the chast'ning rod

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat


Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered

We have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered

Out from the gloomy past

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.


God of our weary years

God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who has by Thy might

Led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places our God where we met Thee

Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee

Shadowed beneath thy hand

May we forever stand

True to our God

True to our native land.

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