The Hope of the Ages
|If you dam up the river of progress--|
At your peril and cost let It be;
That river must seawards despite you--
'Twill break down your dams and be free;
And we heed not the pitiful barriers
That you in its way have downcast;
For your efforts but add to the torrent,
Whose flood must overwhelm you at last.
For our banner is rais'd and unfurled;
At your head our defiance is hurled;
Our cry is the cry of the ages--
Our hope is the hope of the world.
2. We laugh in the face of the forces
3. Whether leading the van of the fighters,|
In bitterest stress of the strife;
Or patiently bearing the burden
Of changelessly commonplace life,
One hope we have ever before us,
Our aim to attain and fulfill,
One watchword we cherish to mark us,
One kindred and brotherhood still.
4. What matter if failure on failure