Song of the Lumbermen (John Greenleaf Whittier)

“Song of the Lumbermen” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Song of the Lumbermen” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: John Greenleaf Whittier.
Tune: Gustav Holst.


Not for us the measured ringing
From the village spire,
Not for us the Sabbath singing
Of the sweet-voiced choir:
Ours the old, majestic temple
Where God’s brightness shines
Down the dome so grand and ample
Propped by lofty pines.

Cheerly on the axe of labor
Let the sunbeams dance,
Better than the flash of sabre
Or the gleam of lance,
Strike with ev’ry blow is given
Freer sun and sky,
And the long-hid earth to heaven
Looks with wond’ring eye.

Keep who will the city’s alleys
Take the smooth shorn plain,
Give to us the cedar valleys,
Rocks, and hills of Maine.
In our Northland wild and woody
Let us still have part:
Rugged nurse and mother sturdy,
Hold us to thy heart.


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