There's A Good Time Coming

[This poem is written by Charles Mackay (1814-1889), a Scottish song-writer. He was born in Perth. His mother died while he was an infant. He went to school in Brussels in 1828 and began writing verses in both English and French in 1830. He returned to London and worked for the "Morning Chronicle" till 1884 and then became editor of "Argus". Besides his extremely popular songs, some of which still live, Mackay wrote books on travel, history and biography and was a good all round journalist.]

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                                                                              4
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-                                                                                  8
Wait a little longer.                                                                                                        

There's a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming;
The pen shall supersede the sword,                                                                      12
And right, not might, shall be the lord                                                                          
In the good time coming.

Worth not birth, shall rule mankind.
And be acknowledged stronger;                                                                            16
The proper impulse has been given-
Wait a little longer.

There's good time coming, boys,                                                                            20
A good time coming.
War in all men's eyes shall be
A monster of iniquity
In the good time coming.                                                                                       24

Nations shall not quarrel then,
To prove which is the stronger;
Nor slaughter men for glory's sake
Wait a little longer.                                                                                                 28

There's good time coming, boys,
A good time coming;
Let us aid it all we can,
Every woman, every man,
The good time coming.                                                                                           32

Smallest helps, if rightly given,
Make the impulse stronger;
T will be strong enough one day
Wait a little longer.                                                                                                 36

Charles Mackay



 
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