A Hymn to Womanhood (Bouck White)

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

Lyrics: Bouck White.
Tune: “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!”


The dawn is near,
Womanhood oppressed, forlorn,
’Tis of mothers, of daughters, of wives.
We sing, we plead,
Agitate from night to morn,
For in them are enfolded our lives.

Now, O, mammon, cower!
And hear ye what we say,
Woman freed shall be
From your blight and from your pow’r,
And her long, bitter night pass away.

Long ages now
She has been forgotten quite,
By the world in its mad, rushing haste.
The empires old
Worshipped naught but lordly might,
Given over to war and its waste.

Now, O, mammon, cower!
And hear ye what we say,
Woman freed shall be
From your blight and from your pow’r,
And her long, bitter night pass away.

But, lo, a change!
Socialism will repay
All the sorrows and slights she has known.
We crown her queen,
And we purge her wrongs away,
From the workshop restored to the home.

Now, O, mammon, cower!
And hear ye what we say,
Woman freed shall be
From your blight and from your pow’r,
And her long, bitter night pass away.

Woman, we hail thee!
We’ll never pass thee by.
Of thy claims, we are glad advocates.
We own our debt,
Motherhood, so pure, so high!
Man and woman shall be equal mates.

Now, O, mammon, cower!
And hear ye what we say,
Woman freed shall be
From your blight and from your pow’r,
And her long, bitter night pass away.


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