The chivalry of labour (John Baptiste Calkin)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-06-23).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 160 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: The chivalry of labour
Composer: John Baptiste Calkin
Lyricist: Gerald Massey

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 101

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Original text and translations

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Uprouse ye now, brave brotherhood,
With honest heart and working hand,
We are but few, toil-tried and true,
Yet hearts beat high to dare and do.
And who would not a champion be,
In Labour's lordlier chivalry!
We fight, but bear no bloody brand,
We fight to free our Fatherland,
We fight, that smiles of love may glow,
On lips where curses quiver now.
Hurrah! Hurrah! true knights are we,
In Labour's lordlier chivalry.

O! there be hearts that ache to see
The day-dawn of our victory;
Eyes full of heartbreak with us plead,
And watchers weep, and martyrs bleed.
O who would not a champion be!
In Labour's lordlier chivalry!
Work, brothers mine, work hand and brain,
We'll win the golden age again,
And Love's millennial morn shall rise
In happy hearts and blessed eyes.
Hurrah! Hurrah! True knights are we,
In Labour's lordlier chivalry.