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145. Once To Every Man And Nation

Em       B7     Em
Once to every man and nation
Em          B7 Em
Comes the moment to decide, 
B7      Em
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
B7 Em
For the good or evil side.
G      D       C B7
Some great cause, God's new Messiah, 
Em Am      G    B7
Offering each the bloom or blight,
Em          B7 Em
And the choice goes by forever
B7    Em
Twixt that darkness and that light.
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.
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.
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. 

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