When wilt thou save the people?
Oh, God of mercy! when?
Not kings and lords, but nations!
Not thrones and crowns, but men!
Flowers of thy heart, oh, God, are they!
Let them not pass, like weeds, away!
Their heritage a sunless day!
God! save the people!
Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849), English poet. The People’s Anthem.
Later used as the basis for “God Save the People”
of the Stephen Schwartz musical “Godspell.”