There’s a Good Time Coming

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Melody - Stephen C. Foster, 1846; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Charles Mackay, 1846

There’s a good time coming, boys,
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We may not live to see the day,
But earth shall glisten in the ray.
Of the good time coming
Cannon balls may aid the truth,
But thought’s a weapon stronger;
We’ll win our battle by its aid;
Wait a little longer.

2. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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The pen shall supersede the sword,
And right, not might, shall be the lord,
In the good time coming;
Worth, not birth, shall rule mankind,
And be acknowledg’d stronger;
The proper impulse has been giv’n;
Wait a little longer.

3. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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War in all mens eyes shall be
A monster of iniquity.
In the good time coming.
Nations shall not quarrel then,
To prove which is the stronger;
Nor slaugther men for glory’s sake;
Wait a little longer.

4. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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Shameful rivalries of creed
Shall not make the martyr blood,
In the good time coming.
Religion shall be shorn of pride,
And flourish all the stronger;
And Charity shall trim her lamp;
Wait a little longer.

5. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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And a poor mans family,
Shall not be his misery,
In the good time coming;
Ev’ry child shall be a help,
To make his right arm stronger;
The happier he, the more he has;
Wait a little longer.

6. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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Little children shall not toil
Under, or above the soil.
In the good time coming.
But shall play in healthful fields,
Till limbs and minds grow stronger;
And ev’ry one shall read and write;
Wait a little longer.

7. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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The people shall be temperate,
And shall love instead of hate,
In the good time coming.
They shall use, and not abuse,
And make all virtue stronger;
The reformation has begun;
Wait a little longer.

8. There’s a good time coming, boys,
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Let us aid it all we can,
Ev’ry woman ev’ry man,
The good time coming.
Smallest helps, if rightly giv’n,
Make the impulse stronger;
’twill be strong enough one day;
Wait a little longer.

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