by Charles Mackay (1814 - 1889)

There's a good time coming
Language: English 
There's a good time coming, boys, 
A good time coming, 
A good time coming; 

We may not live to see the day, 
But earth shall glisten in the ray. 
Of the good time coming. 
Cannon balls may aid the truth, 
But thought's a weapon stronger; 
Well win our battle by its aid; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming, boys, 
A good time coming, 
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, 
And be acknowledg'd stronger; 
The proper impulse has been giv'n; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming boys, 
A good time coming, 
A good time coming; 

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; 
Nor slaughter men for glory's sake; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming, boy's, 
A good time coming, 
A good time coming; 

Shameful rivalries of creed 
Shall not make the martyr bleed, 
In the good time coming. 
Religion shall be shorn of pride, 
And flourish all the stronger; 
And Charity shall trim her lamp; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming, boys, 
A good time coming. 
A good time coming;

And a poor man's family, 
Shall not be his misery, 
In the good time coming; 
Ev'ry child shall be a help, 
To make his right arm stronger; 
The happier he, the more he has; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming boys, 
A good time coming, 
A good time coming; 

Little children shall not toil 
Under, or above the soil. 
In the good time coming. 
But shall play in healthful fields, 
Till limbs and minds grow stronger; 
And ev'ry one shall read and write; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming boys, 
A good time coming, 
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, 
And make all virtue stronger; 
The reformation has begun; 
Wait a little longer. 

There's a good time coming boys, 
A good time coming, 
A good time coming; 

Let us aid it all we can, 
Ev'ry woman, ev'ry man, 
The good time coming. 
Smallest helps, if rightly giv'n, 
Make the impulse stronger; 
'Twill be strong enough one day; 
Wait a little longer.

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