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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			

318                   CHURCH REVIEW.

        Soon shall their pilgrim days be o'er;
          Then may they pass the gates of light,
        And dwell with Christ, forevermore,
          Where all is pure, and fair, and bright.

        The fathers who have won the day,
          A great and strong triumphant throng,
        Shall stand in heaven, in full array,
          And gladly chant redemption's songs.

        They stand as warriors marked with scars--
          The scars once gained in many a fight--
        But brighter than the glittering stars,
          The chosen sons of truth and light.

        From north and south, from east and west,
          Let glad hosannas fill the air;
        Where Shaster lifts her snowy crest,
          And Hood and Baker stand so fair.

        The ransomed South, with tearful eyes,
          Shall swell the glad triumphal strain;
        With joyful voices shake the skies,
          And bury deep each rusted chain.

        When darkness hovered o'er our way,
          And haughty tyrants ruled the land,
        They prayed for freedom's coming day,
          To break the captive's iron band.

        Now, God be praised! His chariot wheels
          Roll onward, through Columbia's land,
        While grim oppression faints and reels,
          Beneath th' Almighty's vengeful hand.

        The gladsome shouts of freemen rose,
          When 'neath a storm of blood and tears,
        They saw the fiercest of their foes,
          His death groans ringing in their ears

        Our Afric Zion yet shall stand
          Amid the plain once stained with blood;
        Her ensign wave o'er every land,
          And teach mankind to trust our God.

        We preach the truth of liberty,
          Th' eternal, faithful, living word!
        The truth which sets the captive free,
          And leads the wandering feet to God.




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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