Do You Hear the Children Crying?

Do you hear the children crying,
Can you hear their anguished screams?
Do you hear the women sighing,
Tormented by their shattered dreams?

Can you see the tiny forms of children
Broken, beaten, bruised and torn?
Do you see tears carefully hidden
By mothers guilty and forlorn?

Do you not hear, can you not see,
The blood that rests on all our hands?
The stench of great iniquity
That covers all of our vast land?

Do you ask, now where is God?
Who lets such horrors continue on?
Do you sit and wisely nod,
It’s not our fault for God is gone.

But did we not say, with voices eager
Did we not shout with loud acclaim
Did we not gesture with wild fever
Did we not mock, and tell the same;

God, Thou must remain in heaven
Stay beyond our earth’s blue skies
We have eaten the poisonous leaven
Which the devil well supplies

For as we stay dumb, deaf and blind
We see no blood, we hear no cries
Our hearts we harden, and sin we bind
Close on our hearts, believing lies.

Our children suffer, are valued not
Their life not treasured, thrown away
Their little bodies left to rot,
Yet we continue on our way.

But pray our eyes be opened wide
To see the blood of children lost
To see how the Great Divide
Has polluted minds, we pay the cost.

Let us no longer remain silent,
We may no longer close our ears
Let us our best garments rent
And fill our eyes with guilty tears

Let the voiceless gain a voice
Let the hidden blood be seen
Let us no longer rejoice
In what our sinful lives have been.

Let the children come and welcome
Let your daughters gain a friend
Do not keep your lips closed and dumb,
But make the slaying of children end.

Then, do you hear the children laughing
Safe inside their warm cocoon
God-given life in our safe keeping
Remains safe in mother’s womb

Take up the sword of truth all people,
Answer the call of God’s just war
Fight for the rights of pre-born children
Let their blood be shed no more.

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