Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!@Isaiah 5:20

Julius Brigg, June 1876.

York. Melody from the Scottish Psalter, 1615; harmony by John Milton (1562–1647) (🔊 pdf nwc).

The many are not always right,
The few not always wrong;
Weak oft are those who boast their might,
But truth is always strong.

O, let me have a holy name,
E’en though alone I be!
Vain is the charm of earthly fame,
And sin’s short victory.

I’d rather with Elijah stand,
Alone on Carmel’s crest,
Than own allegiance to the band
Whose shame was there confessed.

I’d rather have a Daniel’s crown
Of fearless fortitude,
Than basely lay my manhood down
With craven multitude.

I’d rather be the one true heart,
Strong in a purpose high,
Than cowardly from Christ depart,
With recreant hosts to die.

Whate’er befall, to me a place
Be with the victors giv’n,
Where faithful ones behold His face,
Amidst the bliss of Heav’n!