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GIVE US, O! GOD, TO KNOW.
O, Great Jehovah! make it plain, To them that look to Thee, and fain
Would wisely worship at Thy feet; O! give it us, great God, to know, Why must fair Progress travail so,
To bring forth what for right, is meet ? O give us, God, to know!
Through Time, so far as mortal man, May backward, straining, barely scan,
He sees the road of Progress barred By bigotry; and bending low, The marplot deals his hindering olow,
To check the forward march, and guard. Why ? give us, God, to know.
The Nazarene, who came to give Salvation, that the soul might live,
Met lash, and spear, and cross, and thorn, To bring Thy kingdom here below. His way was made a way of woe.
Why, thus to us, should peace be borne ? O, give us, God, to know!
When in the throes of civil strife, This young republic fought for life;