Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics by “James Weldon Johnson” | ‘Black National Anthem’

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Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics by James Weldon Johnson
Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics: Lift Every Voice and Sing Song is a very famous song among “Black African Americans Communities”. Because it has the combination of pain, hope, faith, and a sense of steady progress it was beginning to promote this hymn as “Negro National Anthem” by the NAACP in 1917. Many African American Singers and musicians also performed this song on many occasions, events or concerts. Now this song is featured in 42 various Christian hymnals. The poem whose Lyrics were created by ‘James Weldon Johnson’ and Music given by ‘Rosa Mond Johnson‘ in 1900 on the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics: Overview

Song Title Lift Every Voice and Sing
Lyrics James Weldon Johnson
Music Rosamond Johnson
First Played Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Composed In 1900
Famous In Black African American Communities
Promoted by NAACP
Singer Various African American Singers
Featured In 42 Different Christian Hymnals
Adopted as Negro National Anthem
Called as Black National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics

‘THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM’

Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God, True to our native land.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the meaning of the poem Lift Every Voice and Sing?

Poem 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' composed by 'James Weldone Johnson' in 1900. It celebrates hope for a bright future for Black people after a cruel and unjust past. This was first played on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. This song contains a combination of pain, hope, faith, and a sense of steady progress, and this is enough to touch the soul.

Why is Lift Every Voice and Sing called the Negro National Anthem?

Because this heart-touching poem is about Black African American Communities. This song is communally sung and very popular among Black Communities. So the NAACP promoted it to as 'Negro National Anthem'. It is also called the 'Black National Anthem'.

What is special about the song Lift Every Voice and Sing and who wrote it?

This song or poem has deep feelings of pain, hope, faith to take the black community out from the cruel past. Lift Every Voice and Sing was written at a crucial time in American history.

Who wrote Lift Every Voice and Sing Lyrics?

James Weldon Johnson wrote Lift Every Voice and Sing at a crucial time in American History and first played on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. The music has given by John Rosamond Johnson.

What does let us march on till victory is won mean?

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on 'til victory is won.” The words had powerful meaning to black soldiers to take them out from crucial time and promote them from Sacrifice, Struggle, Difficulties to the rising sun of hope and a brighter future.

What does Till earth and heaven ring mean?

The second line 'Till earth and Heaven ring' remind us to never forget the sufferings, obstacles, pain, struggle, sacrifices that we endure in the past during our crucial time.

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