The Bitter Cry (T. Phillips Thompson)

“The Bitter Cry” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Bitter Cry” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: T. Phillips Thompson.
Tune: T. Phillips Thompson.


From dawn to dark we toil
To earn wealth for others.
The men who reap the spoil
Forget we’re their brothers
For Mammon each impulse
Of sympathy smothers.

Oh, heed the bitter cry of the downtrodden poor!
The bitter cry, the bitter cry,
Oh, heed the bitter cry of the heart-broken poor.

’Mid Nature’s lavish store,
We famish and shiver.
Some tempted evermore
To cross the dark river.
And vainly we cry:
“Is there none to deliver?”

Oh, heed the bitter cry of the downtrodden poor!
The bitter cry, the bitter cry,
Oh, heed the bitter cry of the heart-broken poor.

You hold the bounties tight
With which Heaven supplied us,
And when we ask our right,
You scorn and deride us.
The free air of Heaven
Is even denied us.

Oh, heed the bitter cry of the downtrodden poor!
The bitter cry, the bitter cry,
Oh, heed the bitter cry of the heart-broken poor.

’Tis sounding through the earth
To justice appealing;
Oppressors who from birth
Have stifled all feeling
Will quake when the thunder
Of battle is pealing.

Oh, heed the bitter cry of the downtrodden poor!
The bitter cry, the bitter cry,
Oh, heed the bitter cry of the heart-broken poor.

When millions hopeless pine
In dread of starvation,
You lay a powder mine
In the heart of the nation
To blow to perdition
Your civilization.

Oh, heed the bitter cry of the downtrodden poor!
The bitter cry, the bitter cry,
Oh, heed the bitter cry of the heart-broken poor.


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