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Emancipation Hymn, song lyrics

Song: Emancipation Hymn
Lyrics: R.T.L. (1) (2) (3)

Music: Manuel Fenollosa (1) (2) (4)
Year: 1863(1) (2)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


[Tenor words are listed with the matching soprano lyrics in brackets below]

He hath hear; O give him glory!
(Long our land in blood had weltered,)
Heard the Bondman's pray'r;
(Blood of dearest sons;)
O'er the war path red and gory
(Long had Hero Spirits faltered,)
Thro' the slave-hound's lair,
(Not at booming guns:)
Peals of the mandate of salvation,
(Long our pray'r to Heav'n ascended)
"Let my people go."
(Fraught with bondmen's groans;)
Humbled bleeding hear the nation Answer
(Long with victory's cheers had blended Fettered)
"Be it so!"
(manhood's moans!)

CHORUS:
Who shall weary!
(God hath heard us,)
Who shall weary!
(God hath heard us,)
Who shall falter!
(and in mercy)
God is with us now!
(Gives us bread for stones)
Who shall weary!
(God hath heard us,)
Who shall weary!
(God hath heard us,)
Who shall falter!
(and in mercy)
God is with us now!
(Gives us bread for stones)
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
[Tenor and soprono sing the second verse in unison]
Asking for a Land, for a Land united,
We forgot the slave, for our Country blighted,
For our falling brave, Left the bondman,
chas'd by blood hounds, Scented thro' the cane,
God was with that panting brother;
Pray'd we thus in vain!

NEXT CHORUS: [Introduced by only the soprano, followed by soprano and tenor in unison]
(Ask as we would serve another,)
ask, and he will hear again!
Ask, as we would serve another,
ask, and he will hear again!


Notes:

1 - Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington St., Boston

2 - From the sheet music cover, "Composed and dedicated by permission to the Salem Union League". Salem Union League

3 - Sorry, there is not enough information to tell what the real name of "R.T.L." is. I wondered if it might be Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, but can not find any evidence of who this "R.T.L." is.

4 - Manuel Fenollosa (1822 - 1878) from GenealogyWise