A Hymn to the Outcast (Bouck White)

“A Hymn to the Outcast” Sheet Music (pdf).
“A Hymn to the Outcast” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Bouck White.
Tune: “Juanita.”


Outcasts, we greet you!
Earth our common Motherhood;
Humbly entreat you
To our Brotherhood.
You are all forsaken,
Oh, the world’s unholy pride!
Levite priest, mistaken,
Passes you aside.
Outcasts, in desperation,
You have wandered far abroad.
By us, regeneration
Comes to you from God.

You who have started
Into crime’s downward career,
Long grown hard-hearted
By a world so drear.
Socialism’s tiding
Seeks you with wide-open arms.
Fellowship, abiding,
Frees from all alarms.
Outcasts, in desperation,
You have wandered far abroad.
By us, regeneration
Comes to you from God.

Far, far you’ve wandered:
Girlhood once so fair, so pure,
Life’s treasure squandered,
Caught by mammon’s lure.
A new age approaches,
Dawn of glad equality;
Farewell old reproaches,
Gold’s captivity!
Outcasts, in desperation,
You have wandered far abroad.
By us, regeneration
Comes to you from God.


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