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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
The Sign of the Son of Man

By Vida D. Scudder

(Professor at Wellesley College, Mass.; born 1861)
THY Kingdom, Lord, we long for,
  Where love shall find its own;
And brotherhood triumphant
  Our years of pride disown.
Thy captive people languish        5
  In mill and mart and mine;
We lift to Thee their anguish,
  We wait Thy promised Sign!
Thy Kingdom, Lord, Thy Kingdom!
  All secretly it grows;        10
In faithful hearts forever
  His seed the Sower sows;
Yet ere its consummation
  Must dawn a mighty doom;
For judgment and salvation        15
  The Son of Man shall come.
If now perchance in tumult
  His destined Sign appear,—
The rising of the people,—
  Dispel our coward fear!        20
Let comforts that we cherish,
  Let old traditions die,
Our wealth, our wisdom perish,
  So that He draw but nigh!

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