Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bonus Poem: Hymn, "Oh, Charlottesville!"

Oh, Charlottesville!
A hymn that can be sung to the tune "Materna" by Samuel A. Ward

Oh, Charlottesville! A nation grieves
To see men so deceived
By claims of white supremacy,
And, violence we see
Resulting in the murder of
One who was surely loved;
And so we also stand, oh, Charlottesville, 
For you, with God above.

Oh, Charlottesville, your pride in those
Who stand for truth is great;
Who know the image of our God
In each one conquers hate;
Hold high the flag of liberty
For all in this great land;
May every soul, by love controlled,
For everyone now stand.

Oh, Charlottesville, for you we pray,
And for our nation, dear;
That soon the love of neighbor reigns
To wipe away our tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Scott L. Barton
Written 8/12/17, on the anniversary of the birth of Katharine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful," in 1859

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