Glorious Light Of Unity, with Footnotes

The glorious light of unity1
The earth beholds its gleam
Through toil and strife it’s guiding us
The whole world to redeem2

Texts of old would beat the sword
To plow and hook and loom3
Yet spears remain to jab the heart
When will the garden bloom?

We hold these truths self-evident
All men, by God are free4
We people make just government5
Just who is in this we?

All flowers of one garden
All waves of just one sea
Yet tribes will kill and rape and loot
All fruits of just one tree.6

Slave masters fight at Chancellorsville7
This precious light to veil
Though proud in May by mid July8
Their boys could only wail.

The Exile's taken farther still9
A new day's dawn He's brought
From garden to the distant cell10
His chains have all been wrought.11

When will the light of early dawn12
This last best hope reveal,13
Bind up at last our broken wings
And set old wounds to heal?

Americas both North and South
Must make your causes just,
Opressors crush with heavenly rod,
Raise up the fallen dust.14

A man once said: 'I have a dream'15,
Another shot him dead.16
Whose children will remember him
When no more blood is shed?

O Sun that rises in the east
Can you this gleam increase?
Make justice save and serve the meek,17
And war and discord cease?18

O glorious light of unity
The earth beholds your gleam
Send forth from Zion your behest19
The whole world to redeem.

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