Once to Every Man and Nation Lyrics
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, God’s new Messiah,
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 Calvaries 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 ’tis 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.
Once to Every Man and Nation Hymn Story
“Once to every man and nation” is a Christian hymn that was composed by James Russell Lowell. It was first published in 1845
James Russell Lowell was born on 22 February 1819. He was a lawyer by profession besides being a poet and a language expert.
He later became a Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Harvard University.
He was also a distinguished poet who is mostly known for his piece, “Men, whose boast it is that ye” which was an Anti-Slavery poem.
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