O America!

O America,

what darkness now lays

over you and what

oppression now waits

to sink its long dark talons

into the cherished

and beautiful flesh of

this great democracy.


But the darkness

cannot resist the light;

and though it is now small,

it will grow and grow

and become a theatre

of powerful bright lights

to shine on all that

the dark hides and

on all the deeds that

take America away from

its creed of freedom,

equality, justice

and humanity.


O America,

stand up and lift

those torches of liberty high,

and let the light combine

to shine to a better day,

as you stand with

the lady in the bay.