Lift Every Voice and Sing
- Year Published: 1900
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: , (: , 1900)
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 10.0
- Word Count: 241
Johnson, J. (1900). Lift Every Voice and Sing. Selected American and British Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 10, 2013, from
Johnson, James Weldon. "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Selected American and British Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1900. Web. <>. December 10, 2013.
James Weldon Johnson, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Selected American and British Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1900), accessed December 10, 2013,.
Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening 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.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening 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 have 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.