When Labor Calls (James Connolly)

“When Labor Calls” Sheet Music (pdf).
“When Labor Calls” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: James Connolly.
Tune: “National Anthem of the Transvaal.”

When Labor calls her children forth
A waiting world to win,
Earth’s noblest breed, true men of worth,
Her ranks shall enter in.
Then, comrades all prepare that we
May hear that call anon,
And drive the hosts of tyranny
Like clouds before the dawn,
And drive our foes,
And drive our foes,
Our foes like clouds before the dawn.

Then knowest long has Labor groaned,
A robbed and beaten thrall,
Whilst capital on high enthroned
Reigned, lording over all.
But knowledge came and to the slave
His pow’r at last revealed,
He stands erect, his heart is brave,
The tyrant’s doom is sealed,
His doom is sealed,
His doom is sealed,
Thy tyrant’s doom at last is sealed.

We work and wait till womb of Time
Shall give fair Freedom birth,
To Labor’s host, that hope sublime,
Regenerates the earth,
And by that hope we toilers fired
To nobler deeds shall be
That we may guide, by it inspired,
Our class to Liberty,
To Liberty,
To Liberty,
To guide our class to Liberty.

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