When Wilt Thou Save the People? (Ebenezer Elliot)

“When Wilt Thou Save the People?” Sheet Music (pdf).
“When Wilt Thou Save the People?” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Ebenezer Elliot.
Tune: Josiah Booth.


When wilt Thou save Thy people?
O, God of mercy, when?
Not kings and lords but nations!
Not thrones and crowns but men!
Flow’rs 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 forever,
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 wilt Thou save Thy 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.
From vice, oppression and despair,
God save the people.


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