The Laborer’s Battle Hymn (James L. Joynes)

“The Laborer’s Battle Hymn” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Laborer’s Battle Hymn” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: James L. Joynes.
Tune: “Watch on the Rhine.”


There sounds a call from land to land:
“Ye poor, give one another hand!
Then, bid a halt to tyranny,
And from your slavish yoke break free!”

The battle cry low rolleth by;
The battle cry low rolleth by;
The banner red doth float, doth float on high;
So striving, live or fighting, fighting die!

“We wish for freedom, peace, our right,
That no one slave in other’s might,
That all mankind to work be bound,
That bread for each be somewhere found.”

The battle cry low rolleth by;
The battle cry low rolleth by;
The banner red doth float, doth float on high;
So striving, live or fighting, fighting die!

“You bring to other goods and gold,
Yet naught for self can ever hold;
Man scorning laughs you in the face
And feareth not the judgment place.”

The battle cry low rolleth by;
The battle cry low rolleth by;
The banner red doth float, doth float on high;
So striving, live or fighting, fighting die!

“Then up, then up, courageous band;
The storm breaks lose upon the land;
A shout from a thousand throats ascends
And with the voice of nature blends.”

The battle cry low rolleth by;
The battle cry low rolleth by;
The banner red doth float, doth float on high;
So striving, live or fighting, fighting die!


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