Once to Every Man and Nation

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Once to Every Man and Nation

Song based on the Bible verse:
Joshua 24:15
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Song written by:
Original in English: James Russell Lowell

1
Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide
In the strife of truth with falsehood
For the good or evil side
Some great cause some great decision
Offering each the bloom or blight
And the choice goes by forever
’Twixt that darkness and that light

2
Then to side with truth is noble
When we share her wretched crust
Ere her cause bring fame and profit
And ’tis prosperous to be just
Then it is the brave man chooses
While the coward stands aside
Till the multitude make virtue
Of the faith they had denied

3
By the light of burning martyrs
Christ Thy bleeding feet we track
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever
With the cross that turns not back
New occasions teach new duties
Time makes ancient good uncouth
They must upward still and onward
Who would keep abreast of truth

4
Though the cause of evil prosper
Yet the truth alone is strong
Though her portion be the scaffold
And upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future
And behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above His own

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