That which is sovereign and unruled lights my way. Whom should I fear? My spirit is strong within me, and I dwell with multitudes. Of whom shall I be afraid?
When oppression lies heavy upon me and my people, we will push back with great shouting and song and the wheels of injustice will shudder and fail and monuments fall.
When the greedy and tyrannical try to devour the earth and crush us we will raise up our truths and it is they who will stumble and fall.
May they come down from their high, lonely places return to the earth that bore them and be made new.
Though the streets be full of soldiers and I tremble with fear, my heart will be strong. Though despots conspire against us we will believe in each other. We will not falter.
One thing I ask of life this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of righteousness and solidarity all the days of my life, May I gaze on the beauty of what is right and true and seek it everywhere.
For in these days of trouble we will keep each other safe and raise high the banners of life seeking justice with all our hearts. Then we will triumph and rise above all that seeks to divide and confuse us and will do the work that must be done with shouts of joy, and sing and make music to all that is most free. Hear my voice when I call, in the ways of my ancestors, Hear my voice when I cry out, and do not hide your faces from me. Do not turn from me and I will not turn from you, for we are each other’s helpers, and this is the sacred work of our days.
Together we will seek the ways, we will make our roads by walking and we will not be led astray by the lies of oppression.
We will defend ourselves together from the desires of our foes for there will be false witness malicious accusation masked men in unmarked cars there will be provocateurs within and without inciting us to harm and timidity, our own and others’ urging us to be passive, But we will be guided by the spirit of life itself, we will stay true, and live as free people in this unfree world.
In this I trust, I swear we will see liberation in the land of the living.