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‘Once To Every Man And Nation’

10 December 2012 @ 17:43

The Rev. David R. Graham has sent along this poem by James Russell Lowe:

ONCE TO EVERY MAN AND NATION

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, offering 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 prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

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.

This poem was eventually set to music…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    10 December 2012 @ 18:28 18:28

    If you ever find yourself in England, go to the American Cemetery in Cambridge. Small, with 3,812 dead and 5,127 MIA, it is for those who did not return.

  2. 10 December 2012 @ 20:18 20:18

    That poem is spot on. That choice comes to every generation, and ours, I think, is now past.

  3. 10 December 2012 @ 21:38 21:38

    Great poem! There is a verse in the Bible which reads: “Greater love has NO one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

    On that same note, the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom and liberty for all Americans must “NEVER” be forgotten.

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