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LIFT EVERY VOICE
OFFICIAL ANTHEM OF THE AFRICAN UNIFICATION FRONT

The AUF is promoting the adoption of 'Lift Every Voice' as the Official Anthem of the African Union. The 2004 Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State was supposed to select an anthem, but the decision has been delayed. The African Front made an application with the AU Commission to have the anthem adopted.

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Play First and Last Stanza [Vocals]


Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us.
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our mothers/fathers sighed?
We have come, over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered.
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by thy might
Led us into the light.
Keep us forever in the path we pray,
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
Shadowed beneath thy hand,
May we forever stand
True to our God
True to our native land.     


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The words to "Lift Every Voice" were composed by Weldon Johnson in 1901.