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Charles Mackay: War in all men’s eyes shall be a monster of iniquity

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Charles Mackay
There’s a Good Time Coming

There’s a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming:
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.

There’s a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming:
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 given; –
Wait a little longer.

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

There’s a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming:
Hateful rivalries of creed
Shall not make their martyrs bleed
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.

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

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

There’s a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming:
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.

There’s a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming:
Let us aid it all we can,
Every woman, every man,
The good time coming.
Smallest helps, if rightly given,
Make the impulse stronger;
‘T will be strong enough one day; –
Wait a little longer.

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