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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: VI. Labor and Rest
The Good Time Coming
Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
 
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.        5
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,        10
  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,        15
  And be acknowledged stronger;
The proper impulse has been given;—
  Wait a little longer.
 
There ’s a good time coming, boys,
  A good time coming:        20
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;        25
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        30
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;—        35
  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        40
  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.        45
 
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;        50
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,        55
  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,        60
  And make all virtue stronger;
The reformation has begun;—
  Wait a little longer.
 
There ’s a good time coming, boys,
  A good time coming:        65
Let us aid it all we can,
Every woman, every man,
  The good time coming:
Smallest helps, if rightly given,
  Make the impulse stronger;        70
’T will be strong enough one day;—
  Wait a little longer.
 
 
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