Thursday 31 July 2014

God Save The People!

THE WORDS to When Wilt Thou Save The People? were written in 1827 by the "Corn Law Rhymer", Ebenezer Elliott. The refrain, "God Save the People!", is, of course, the radical working-class agitator's rejoinder to "God Save the King!"

Elliott's song became the anthem of the Chartist movement, the mass working-class movement for universal manhood suffrage and other political reforms that was active in the United Kingdom between 1838 and 1848.

I have been unable to locate on YouTube a performance of the song set to the music of Josiah Booth, which is quite beautiful. If anyone knows of such a  version capable of being uploaded to Bowalley Road - please get in touch. In the meantime here is Stephen Schwartz's adaptation of the song which he slipped into his 1971 musical "Godspell". Enjoy!

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Anonymous said...

Numerous Scrpitures show Jesus Christ demonstrated compassion through humanitarian and socialist values The Bible records him telling his followers to feed and clothe his people
(1 John 3, Vs 17-18, James 2, Vs 14-18,Matthew 25, Vs 34-46)
He certainly wasnt a Capitalist (Mark 11, Vs 15, Matthew 21, Vs 12) Michael Joseph Savage and Kate Sheppard were Christians who lived out there faith. Perhaps the NZ Labour Party needs to rediscover its origins and that will provide its purpose and vision.

David Kelly said...

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

(Isaiah 56)