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Human Equality, song lyrics

Song: Human Equality
Lyrics: William Lloyd Garrison

Music: to the 1750 Jacobite song "For A' That"
Year: 1871
Genre: Scottish Traditional
Country: USA


"Supplemental to "A man's a man, for a' that."(2)

There is no king by right divine
    To rule and reign, and a'(3) that;
No princely rank, nor lordly line -
    Equality, for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
    Dynastic power, and a' that;
A common birthright crowns us all
    With liberty, for a' that.

Let fools and upstarts boast they find
    In ancestry, and a' that,
A higher place to them assigned -
    Mankind are one, for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
    A pompous air, and a' that;
It matter not how born or bred,
    We're of one blood, for a' that!
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Though woman never can be man,
    By change of sex, and a' that,
To equal rights, 'gainst class or clan,
    Her claim is just, for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that!
    Her Eden slip, and a' that;
In all that makes a living soul
    She matches man, for a' that!

She asks no favors at his hands,
    On bended knee, and a' that;
She is his peer where'er he stands,
    In spite of sex, and a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
    Fair play for her, and a' that,
In all the grave conderns of life -
    This is her due, for a' that.
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In every land, throught every age,
    How hard her lot, and a' that!
A vassal state her heritage,
    Dependent, poor, and a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
    Most deeply wronged, and a' that;
Though subjugated from her birth,
    She stil aspires, for a' that!

Oh, woe for man, proud arbiter!
    And judgments sore, and a' that;
For Heaven's displeasure they incur
    Who crush the weak, and a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
    Injustice vile, and a' that: -
All noble souls will woman aid
    To gain her cause, for a' that!

Down with all barriers that prevent
    Her culture, growth, and a' that -
Her rightful share in government,
    In Church and State, and a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
    "Her proper sphere," and a' that;
Whaever right a man may claim,
    Belongs to her, for a' that!

Soul is the complement of soul,
    And sex of sex, for a' that;
Each is included in the whole,
    The whole in each, for a' that.
For a' that, and a' that,
    Full liberty, and a' that,
For manhood and for womanhood,
    By grace of God, for a' that!
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The hail the day, come when it may,
    As come it will, for a' that,
When woman's worth, o'er all the earth,
    Shall honored be, for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,
    Co-equal, free, and a' that;
Through her enfranchisement our race
    Shall nobly rise, for a' that!


Notes:

1 - William Lloyd Garrison (1805 - 1879) biography. He was an American publisher, abolitionist and suffragist. More information on William Lloyd Garrison from PBS.

2 - "A man's a man, for a' that." is a 1795 Robert Burns poem, to the tune of the 1750 song "For A' That".

3 - 'a is "all".