Up From Your Knees!

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Melody - "Song of a Thousand Years"
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Ralph H. Chaplin

Up from your knees, ye cringing serfmen!
What have ye gained by whines and tears?
Rise! they can never break our spirits
Though they should try a thousand years.
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A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us nor dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.

2. Break ye your chains; strike off your fetters;
Beat them to swords--the foe appears--
Slaves of the world, arise and crush him;
Crush him or serve a thousand years.
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3. Join in the fight--the Final Battle.
Welcome the fray w[ ] ringing cheers.
These are the times al Freemen dreamed of--
Fought to attain a thousand years.
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4. Be ye prepared; be not unworthy,--
Greater the task when triumph nears.
Master the earth, O Men of Labor,--
Long have ye learned--a thousand years.
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5. Over the hills the sun is rising
Out of the gloom the light appears.
See! at your feet the world is waiting,--
Bought with your blood a thousand years.
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